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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 17/10/95

Taxation on damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names Deeny v Gooda Walker (1995). CA (Simon Brown LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Saville LJ) 5/10/95. Summary: Whether damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names for losses to underwriting business are subject to income tax. Appeal by defendant managing agents against ruling that the £300 million damages awarded to Lloyd’s […]

Irish name change

Irish law firm Rory O’Donnell & Company Solicitors has changed its name after signing a number of lawyers from the commercial department of Limerick’s Murray Sweeney. The new firm, O’Donnell Sweeney, is headed by former Murray Sweeney lawyer Joe Sweeney who joins as managing partner. The move takes the firm, which will have a staff […]

Theodore Goddard oversees TSB deal

Theodore Goddard has played a key role in the Lloyds Bank £5 billion takeover of TSB, a deal set to create a £15 billion financial services giant. Theodore Goddard, TSB’s lawyers since the bank’s 1986 flotation, worked with teams from Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines to complete the deal. Freshfields, lawyers to the Bank of […]

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

Bar and Aclec clash over witnesses

The Bar Council’s decision to allow more contact for witnesses has been challenged by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec). In a letter to the Bar Council Aclec says it has “considerable reservations” about the proposed amendments to the current rules. It adds that the committee “has expressed considerable concern […]

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