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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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Appeal over B&C sale begins

This week the Court of Appeal will hear appeals by Quadrex Holdings and Samuel Montagu & Co arising out of their long running litigation with British & Commonwealth Holdings (B&C). The appeal is expected to occupy the court for at least three months. The appeals arise out of the abortive sale by B&C to Quadrex […]

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Research confirms Oxbridge bias in High Court

EIGHTY-TWO per cent of judges appointed to the High Court during the past two years were Oxbridge graduates and all attended private fee-paying schools, according to newly-released Labour Party research. Published by Stephen Byers, chair of the party’s Home Affairs Committee, the study says that of the 26 appointments made during 1993 and 1994, only […]

In brief: Eversheds appoints planning head

National firm Eversheds has appointed Paul Winter as head of its planning sector, in addition to his role as head of planning at Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick in Leeds, where he previously ran the property department. He is replaced as head of property in Leeds by Andrew Latchmore, who continues as head of commercial property […]

In brief: Berwins conference for Israeli business

City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

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