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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 […]

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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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The Court of Appeal, ever anxious to deter expensive satellite litigation, has imposed a procedural straitjacket on parties seeking to recover wasted costs. Unless such applications can be disposed of in “summary proceedings”, they will not be entertained at all. Save in exceptional circumstances, the blameworthy conduct must be readily visible without the need for […]

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Matt Barnard finds that the Atlantic-Caribbean islands offer companies more than just sun, sand, sea and tax breaks. The seven islands that comprise the offshore jurisdictions in the Atlantic-Caribbean are part of a world-wide community. The most well-known of the islands include Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and they share their special low tax or […]

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Jeremy Guscott, the former England rugby star and presenter of Gladiators, entered the witness box to tell a jury he acted in self-defence when he grabbed hold of an antiques dealer who stepped in front of his car. Guscott denies causing actual bodily harm. Ken Jones’ ankle was broken in the alleged attack which happened […]

Tory Haythe presiding partner quits over sexual harassment claims

Haythe was senior partner of New York firm, Haythe Curley which recently merged with Canada’s Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington to form the 300-lawyer firm, Tory Hathe. It has not been revealed exactly what Haythe did at the party on 19 November, although a firm spokesman says his actions were directed against “more than one […]

Family feuds and fire

Matt Barnard reports on the Thyssen-Bornemisza family saga and the Commonwealth’s most expensive litigation. The normally closed world of some of the richest individuals and companies associated with the island of Bermuda has been prised open. Two cases have attracted global interest and drawn a large number of the UK legal community to the other […]

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