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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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Practice shares out pensions cases

Bristol firm Ringrose Wharton & Co is handing some of its pensions miss-selling cases to Shacklocks of Mansfield and Nottingham to enable it to keep to the strict timetable set by the Bristol Mercantile Court, where an expert pensions judge is handling all the cases in the UK. The practice is acting for many of […]

China makes its debut on LSE with Simmons' help

Lawyers from Simmons & Simmons raised their glasses at the London Stock Exchange last week at a private party to celebrate the first UK listing of a Chinese company. The firm advised Chinese power generating company Beijing Datang on its $400m flotation by placing on the London Stock Exchange. Lead partner Colin Leaver said Datang’s […]

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The London Borough of Harrow has appointed Gerald Balabanoff as borough secretary and solicitor to council. Balabanoff’s previous post, as property services solicitor at Harrow, has been filled by Nigel Hewitson, from the council’s development department.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/07/97

Avril Rosemary Munson, 59, admitted 1983, and Jeremy Michael Cooke, 37, admitted 1988, practising at material time as Stevensons, struck off and suspended for five years respectively. Allegations substantiated they acted in a manner that was fraudulent, deceitful and contrary to their positions as solicitors, failed to comply with professional undertakings. Allegation also substantiated against […]

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