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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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Embryo deal proves fertile for Morgans

South Wales and London firm Morgan Bruce has won the contract to provide legal services to the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority. The firm, awarded the contract from a short-list of seven firms, will provide advice on issues relating to HFEA legislation and policy. The regulatory body, formed in 1990, controls the activity of clinics carrying […]

Directors' pay

Manches & Co has advised three top directors on their termination packages from Forte in the wake of the company’s recent acquisition by Granada. Manches was involved in the negotiation of termination packages for Keith Hamill, finance director, David Stevens, company secretary and director of legal services, and Richard Power, director of public affairs.

In brief: Dibbs unveils new local government unit

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has set up a new local government unit under the leadership of commercial group partner Tony Randle. The unit already advises local authority clients including Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and West Sussex county councils, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the London Borough of Croydon. It has launched a regular newsletter called Futures […]

City firm calls for openness on fees

CITY firm Davies Arnold Cooper has criticised what it calls the Law Society’s approach of emphasising what is good for lawyers instead of concentrating on what clients want. In a speech called ‘Legal fees – getting more for your money’ last week, senior partner David McIntosh launched the firm’s latest cost control protocol. The protocol […]

Publicity head for chambers

GEORGE Carmen QC’s New Court Chambers has appointed Louise Seaton (pictured right) to handle its marketing. Seaton is the first marketing appointment at the chambers and will promote individual barristers as well as the set as a whole. The former Butterworths product marketing manager has been put in charge of advertising and the distribution of […]

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