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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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Garretts reeling after flurry of top brass resignations

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In brief: Walker Morris

Walker Morris has poached Eversheds partner David Kilduff to head its public sector and PFI department. Kilduff has been at Eversheds for four years where he led a team of 20 lawyers, most recently in a £500m limited recourse project funded integrated waste management deal for Hereford and Worcester councils – the largest ever PFI […]

In brief: Patrick Elias QC

Patrick Elias QC has been approved as a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. Elias is at 11 King’s Bench Walk, Lord Irvine’s old chambers. Despite recent charges of favouritism against Irvine, barristers agree Elias fully deserves the job. Employment Lawyers’ Association chairman Paul Goulding says: “It’s an inspired appointment. […]

In brief: Channel 4

Channel 4’s head of rights, Andrew Yeates, is leaving to become director of legal affairs at the record industry’s trade association, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Yeates, who has been in his current post for five years, joins the BPI in July.

White Paper calls time on creditors

Stephen Foster, partner, Cameron McKenna Shashi Rajani, head of corporate rescue, Nicholson Graham & Jones Nick Angel, head of reconstruction, Ashurst Morris Crisp Peter Mandelson’s influence can still be felt at the Department of Trade and Industry with the unveiling last week of his proposals on changes to insolvency law. In response to the white […]

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