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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Mishcon de Reya’s head of sport Tony Morton-Hooper whose client, UK double World Champion triathlete Spencer Smith, has been given the all clear by the International Triathlon Union’s Appeal Board. However Smith, who allegedly tested positive for the drug nandrolene, may face another challenge from the sport’s governing body in the USA at the Court […]

UK in-house counsel salaries four times Euro counterparts

US multinationals are on a hiring spree but many UK lawyers may be pricing themselves out of the in-house European market, according to a new survey out last week. Figures collated by an international recruitment consultancy show that for companies to recruit a UK lawyer they must pay up to four times the salary of […]

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Former SFO chief heads up Cameron McKenna inquiry

Cameron McKenna has instructed George Staple, former head of the Serious Fraud Office, to investigate allegations that are contained in two unfair dismissal claims against the firm. Top fraud lawyer Monty Raphael, senior partner of Peters & Peters, has been instructed by lawyers acting for the complainants. Staple is head of Clifford Chance’s financial services […]

Scuffle of the week

The US Justice Department and the tobacco companies. President Clinton is launching a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against cigarette firms to try to recover medical costs incurred as a result of smoking-related diseases. US Attorney General Janet Reno says the US taxpayer should no longer bear the estimated £13bn medical cost. Cigarette companies are labelling the […]

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