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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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Merger in the Midlands

Long-standing Wolverhampton firms Manby & Steward and Woolley Beavon have merged. Two of Woolley Beavon’s three partners will join seven other partners at the merged firm which will retain the name Manby & Steward. Woolley Beavon’s third partner, John Robbins, who has recently retired, will act as a consultant. It is Manby & Steward’s first […]

Protests force Apil to relax 'ambulance-chasing' clause

THE leadership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has yielded to the demands of its membership and watered down a key clause in a new code of conduct designed to stamp out “ambulance chasing”. The organisation’s executive was forced to revise clause 10 of its new code of conduct, concerning referral fees, following […]

In brief: Jersey firm appoints accountancy adviser

Former Arthur Andersen partner Jeremy Arnold has been hired by Jersey law firm Ogier & Le Masurier to act as a non-executive adviser to the partners. Arnold, 58, spent nearly 40 years working for major accountancy practices before his recent retirement from Arthur Andersen. Ogiers’ chairman Malcolm Sinel said Arnold would be able to use […]

INVESTED INTERESTS

Barlow Clowes, Lloyd’s, BCCI, Maxwell, home income plans, pension-mis-selling, Barings; these are just a few of the names and terms that have gained notoriety in recent years as the courts, regulators, lawyers and accountants have increasingly had to grapple with fraud and negligence in the financial services sector. The immediate victims range from some of […]

Polish tax ace switches to US firm

Tomasz Kacymirow, known as the foremost tax expert in Poland, has left KPMG to join US firm Hunton & Williams in a move that has been described as “ground-breaking”. Lejb Fogelman, head of Hunton & Williams in Warsaw, said the appointment had set a precedent in Poland because Kacymirow is the first full domestic partner […]

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