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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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Welsh chambers 32 Park Place and Newport Chambers are to merge from 1 September, making it the largest set in the Principality. In yet another sign that regional chambers believe consolidation is the surest way to survive, the merger will create a 40-tenant set. The merged set, to be called Temple Chambers, will continue to […]

It's been a bad week for….

The son of Lord Lucan, George Bingham. Lord Irvine has joined the ranks of those who believe Lord Lucan may still be alive. There have been several alleged sightings of Lord Lucan since his disappearance in 1974. This is bad news for Bingham, who is being denied a seat in the House of Lords after […]

In brief: The International Tribunal

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is to hear its second-ever case. Australia and New Zealand claim Japan has failed to cooperate in the conservation of southern bluefin tuna stock. 3 Verulam Buildings, the London-based commercial set, has been instructed in both the cases to be heard by the tribunal.

Leigh Day hits back after South African action fails

Leigh Day & Co is hitting back at judicial criticism of its handling of a multi-party civil action brought by South African miners. In his judgment High Court Judge Buckley is highly critical of Leigh Day partner Richard Meeran for not telling “the full story” about the number of potential claimants. More than 3,000 miners […]

Slaughters plans bigger HQ…

Slaughter and May is moving to new headquarters because the leases on its main City buildings run out in 2002. Its new office will be a 260,000 sq ft building at 1 Bunhill Row in the City of London, although it is still under construction. Architects Pringle Brandon will fit out the building from late […]

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