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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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Firm to fill Ukraine post

US international firm Baker & McKenzie has cast its net for a corporate or finance lawyer to join as a partner in the Ukraine. The firm, recruiting for its Kiev office, acts for Ukrainian enterprises and more than 350 multi-national corporations. Work includes financing transactions, joint venture agreements, establishment of foreign subsidiaries and tax advice. […]

Swift injection of capital

As a growing number of contractors join the rush of private sector businesses trying to get into private finance initiative schemes (PFI), lawyers from construction firms have found themselves thrust into the eye of the storm. This is a more commercial role for the construction lawyer as a natural consequence of the changing business focus […]

Firms should fund students, says group

TRAINING commercial lawyers need not be a priority for a Labour government and the party should ensure that any increase in funding for law students does not end up “in the coffers of big City law firms”, according to the Young Labour Lawyers (YLL) group. In the YLL’s recent response to Labour’s ‘Access to justice’ […]

In brief: Kingsley Napley resolves laptop dispute

City firm Kingsley Napley has settled a dispute with a former employee over a laptop computer which contained confidential information. The partnership withdrew a writ against Nicholas Greenfield seeking to retrieve the device and any sensitive commercial material. The firm said last week the two parties had agreed terms for a settlement.

Date set for Lyell judicial review over Taylor case

SIR NICHOLAS Lyell is to become the first attorney general to face a judicial review of one of his decisions in a landmark case to be heard in the High Court next month. Lyell is to be challenged over his failure to prosecute newspapers for contempt of court for their coverage of a murder trial. […]

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