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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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In brief: Richards Butler partners step up

City firm Richards Butler has made two of its partners group managers. Lista Cannon, who specialises in financial and banking work and is admitted to the New York Bar, is taken on as group manager of the commercial litigation group, while Christopher Jackson (pictured), becomes group manager of the corporate and commercial group. Both are […]

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Freshfields acted for Scottish Provident which recently let Avon House in Waterside Park Bracknell to CW Lease UK, part of ING Group. CW was advised by Fox Williams.

Abortion row to High Court

A High Court judge will decide whether a woman whose baby suffers from spina bifida is entitled to damages because failure by doctors to diagnose the condition of her unborn child deprived her of the chance to have an abortion. Christine O’Sullivan and Gary McGeown of Wembley are claiming against Northwick Park and St Marks […]

SJ Berwin man advises on SA trade

Corporate finance partner Jonathan Metliss, of SJ Berwin & Co, has been appointed to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Committee on South Africa Trade (Cosat). The committee advises Ian Lang, president of the Board of Trade, and Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind on ways to boost trade links with South Africa. Metliss is the only […]

In brief: Law Society attorney guidelines

The Law Society has just published guidelines to help solicitors advise clients who want to draw up an “enduring power of attorney”, whereby clients appoint someone to manage their property and financial affairs should they become mentally incapable. The guidelines were prepared by the Law Society’s mental health and disability sub-committee in response to frequent […]

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