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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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Regional firm Needham & James has brought Eversheds partner Sarah Shilcof on board to boost numbers in its Birmingham office. Shilcof, who joined as head of corporate law earlier this month, has wide-ranging experience including the handling of management buy-outs, buy-ins, mergers and acquisitions. The office’s managing partner Keith James said: “We are building an […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 14/11/95

Bryan Roger Lizzimore, 43, admitted 1975, practised as Lizzimore Braithwaites, London, struck off and ordered to pay £4,418 costs. Allegations substantiated he: failed to honour terms of undertaking; was guilty of unreasonable delay or failure to act with reasonable expedition over client affairs, forwarding of former client papers to new solicitors and replying to correspondence […]

Carling denies media manipulation

It was inevitable that the publicity over Will Carling, his wife Julia and the Princess of Wales would generate some form of litigation. But the trail to the High Court in this particular case has taken an unusual course. TV presenter Julia Carling is suing Associated Newspapers not over the allegations involving her, her husband […]

Jones Day sets up Indian association

INTERNATIONAL firm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue has established a presence in India only months after lawyers in the country launched legal action aimed at banishing foreign practitioners. But the firm, which will work through an associated office of its partner Jai Pathak, is unlikely to face such fierce opposition from protectionist local lawyers, averting […]

New look for council body

THE body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members. The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at last month’s annual meeting. Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the change was to clarify ACSeS’ identity as […]

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