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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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Flotations

Boscombe Property’s directors and certain new investors were advised by Berwin Leighton and its shareholders by Lewis Silkin on its introduction to the Official List. At the time of the introduction Boscombe acquired Newcrest Property Services

Three-year-old expelled

An early preliminary hearing seems likely in the High Court case of a three-year-old boy expelled from his Gloucestershire school after allegations he sexually molested a three-year-old girl at the school. The boy’s parents are suing the management of the school for breach of contract claiming they were not given an opportunity to respond to […]

Finding strength in numbers

Livestock litigation seems to be in vogue with the current beef scare. But cattle are not the only animals at the centre of court action – ostriches are also legal flavour of the month. The fate of the beleaguered Ostrich Farming Corporation (OFC) is now to be decided by a High Court judge after it […]

McKennas pilots LawNet link for one-stop shopping

CITY-BASED McKenna & Co is set to launch a national link-up with scores of regional firms. Details are soon to be released about a new association with the 70 member firms of Lawnet. McKennas has acted in a consultancy role for firms in the network for some time, but the new link-up will be on […]

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