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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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Europe may intervene in immunity case

The European Court of Human Rights may be asked for the first time to decide if barristers can be sued for negligent conduct in court cases. The possible challenge follows the House of Lords Appeal Committee’s refusal to give Mohammed Patel leave to appeal against immunity rules which prevent him from suing his barrister, Ghulam […]

Lovells forms fire-fighting force

Lovell White Durrant is this week putting 15 of its key partners on a standby list to act in project finance deals for clients all around the world. The firm’s overseas partners had previously handled local clients from the respective bases without easily being able to call in aid from other offices. London-based energy partner […]

Customs lawyer finds City niche

A former Customs and Excise gamekeeper has turned poacher by forming his own niche practice in the City. Adrian Shryane, who for three years was one of 50 HM Customs and Excise legal advisers in its headquarters near Blackfriars, has been running Enforcement Response since he left in 1993. The company specialises in publishing and […]

Concern over Crest dealing unfounded

Richard Clayton reports Panic felt by solicitors at the July introduction of Crest, the electronic share dealing system of the London Stock Exchange, appears to have abated for the moment. The system made a slow start, with only a few firms being forced to change their existing practices. Andrew Curtis, head of investment management at […]

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