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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: Scientist duo set to advise at Lovells

Lovell White Durrant has recruited two scientists to provide logistical support and advice to its product liability and pharmaceuticals/biosciences group. Post-doctoral scientists Marion Palmer and Duniya Shah will help lawyers sift through complex scientific and medical evidence. They will also identify and assess expert witnesses that the firm may wish to use.

Litigation Personal Injury 16/12/97

Nelm v Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority – QBD 27 October 1997 Claimant: Beth Nelm, Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant suffered oxygen starvation during birth at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, in 1990, resulting in severe cerebral palsy. She is now quadriplegic and will never be able to lead a normal life. It was […]

In brief: Returned briefs cause for concern at CPS

The National Audit Office has highlighted the problems caused by prosecuting barristers returning their briefs. In a report on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the comptroller and auditor general, Sir John Bourn, says the most recent figures show that barristers hired by the CPS return their briefs in 75 per cent of cases. Elsewhere in […]

L&G halves Lawrence Graham property work

Lawrence Graham will lose almost half the lucrative property work it does for Legal & General’s life fund with the insurer’s appointment of Berwin Leighton, revealed by The Lawyer two weeks ago. Lawrence Graham has advised Legal & General since it helped found the company in 1836 and until now has handled the work relating […]

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