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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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Northern Ireland in the firing line

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Addleshaws loses top insolvency team to niche Manchester firm

LEADING insolvency lawyer Shan Spencer has defected from Addleshaw Booth & Co to niche corporate practice Chaffe Street in Manchester, taking a team of three assistants with her in the process. Spencer left Addleshaws, where she was head of corporate recovery and insolvency, before Easter and is expected to start at her new firm on […]

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Newbury v Bath District Health Authority – QBD 21 January 1998 Claimant: Sandra Newbury, 48 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, formerly an active woman who enjoyed country walking and cycling and who was assistant manager of a firm of contract cleaners, suffered increasing back pain during the late 1980s. By the end of 1988 she […]

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