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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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Helicopter crash question

The Warsaw Convention provisions limiting liability for air crashes is to be probed by the Law Lords in a case from Scotland involving a police officer killed when a helicopter crashed. The case will centre on the question of whether for the purposes of the convention the dead policeman was a passenger or was being […]

LAB squares up to fury of jilted parents

Cyril Dixon A NEWLY-published league table of the country’s top legal advisers to charities has highlighted the increasing importance of voluntary sector business to law firms. Firms with experienced specialists in the charity area are taking advantage of a burgeoning market, according to the analysis from this year’s ‘Henderson Top 2000 Charities Directory’. The table, […]

Costs force wave of moves in City

TWO CITY firms have announced impending office moves to cut back on their overheads. Nicholson Graham & Jones and Sinclair Roche & Temperley have both cited overheads as reasons for their moves. However, a third firm gearing up for a move, the Sheffield branch of Bristol-based Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave, cited the near doubling of its […]

In brief: Vaudreys gets Refuge's litigation work

Manchester firm Vaudreys has been appointed to handle commercial litigation work for Refuge Assurance. The Wilmslow-based company began outsourcing legal work earlier this year when it offered Vaudreys its commercial property work. Now Vaudreys is recruiting two extra staff to cover the extra commercial litigation it has taken on. Refuge will retain its in-house legal […]

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