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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

It's been a bad week for…

Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company’s email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy […]

Dibbs pulls off 'coup' to net partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Leeds’ office has poached an in-house lawyer from the Australian Olympic Committee. Andrew Symms is joining the firm’s property and construction department in mid-March as a partner. Leeds regional managing partner Neil Mclean claims the appointment is a coup for the office. He says: “He was not looking to come to Yorkshire […]

Conflict over connection

British Telecom is being taken to the High Court by a property company which claims it lost out on management of a portfolio of 40 properties because of delay in connecting phone lines to new premises. Bletchley-based Castle Estates Relocation Services is also chall- enging contract clauses purporting to limit the level of damages payable […]

Ashursts US merger stalled by Lathams

Latham & Watkins and Ashurst Morris Crisp’s plans for a merger are being blocked by the US firm’s London office. It is understood that the office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing that the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the […]

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