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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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In brief: Herbert Smith

Last week The Lawyer ran a story about City firm Lovell White Durrant’s decision to drop its private client work, in which we stated Herbert Smith had done the same in 1991. Herbert Smith has asked us to point out this was incorrect. It has certainly not dropped private client work and has a significant […]

Firms face potential drafting 'conflict'

THE TREASURY is finalising its beauty parade of private practice lawyers to help draft the 1996 Finance Bill amid growing political controversy and lawyers’ concerns about conflict of interest. A large number of City law firms, many of which are represented on the Law Society’s revenue law committee, and leading barristers have been invited to […]

Fees talk tackles conflict of interest

John Malpas A CONDITIONAL fees seminar has been organised for barristers and clerks by an enterprising solicitor who claims the Manchester Bar is “way behind” in its understanding of the issue. The controversial new “no win no fee” agreement laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor shortly after Easter will have a major impact on […]

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Litigation Writs 06/06/95

Norfolk sweet manufacturers Sultans has launched a damages claim after a batch of Turkish delight was turned into a Turkish disaster by a fire. Sultans of Burrell Way, Thetford, Norfolk, is suing JJ and JA Humphry who trade as Cross Country Carriers of Elm Drive, Hessett, Bury St Edmunds for more than £750,000 compensation after […]

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