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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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Westminster city council. Mistakes and misdemeanours

Westminster City Council has spent more than £50,000 on a series of independent investigations which have concluded that no individual person or department could be blamed solely for a £7m mistake that took six years to spot. Instead, blame for the fiasco over unpaid lessees’ bills has been spread across the housing, finance and legal […]

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Wider interest in Kleinwort swaps case

A case which will be closely scrutinised by local authorities which become involved in interest rate swaps is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given leave for Kleinwort Benson to continue its fight for the right to seek repayment of money it paid to three local authorities under a swaps […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Danny Preiskel

Danny Preiskel was born in London on 7 November 1965. He is now a senior assistant solicitor with London firm Rakisons. What was your first job? A summer job packing books at a publishing house. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £16,000 (SJ Berwin & Co). What would you have done if […]

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