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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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Will the Govt beach offshore havens?

The Government has introduced measures to crack down on “designer” tax systems which it claims help companies evade a reported £1bn a year in UK taxes. Under the new rules, businesses have to pay an amount of controlled foreign company (CFC) tax equal to the amount which would have been avoided by using tax havens […]

C&W shake-up to blame for losses

Communications giant Cable & Wireless is losing another in-house lawyer shortly after the departure of its general counsel. Legal adviser Bruce Macmillan is moving to ONdigital where he will become a company solicitor. Elizabeth Wall, former C&W general counsel, joined data network company Equant last month. Her departure from C&W a few months ago is […]

Doctor seeks injury damages

A personal injury accident is heading for the High Court. A doctor who fell off a ladder as he climbed into his car on a garage ramp has launched a damages claim against the garage owners. Dr Andreas Angelides, 55, says he wanted to get documents from his car while it was being serviced at […]

Berwin Leighton team quits

Berwin Leighton’s financial institutions team – including partner Michael Wilson – is defecting to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, the leading firm in professional negligence. Wilson is leaving after 22 years. He set up the team which handles insurance claims on behalf of financial institutions and banks. Lyn Hassett, who took over as head of the […]

Jilted brides finally find their match

The legal world awoke last Tuesday to news of the merger of Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall. It was surprised, but perhaps not shocked. As Laurence Harris, assistant chief executive of DJ Freeman, says: “This particular merger has been kept well secret, but the idea of a merger of these firms seems somehow predictable.” Wilde […]

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