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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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Nabarros makes official entry into French market

Nabarro Nathanson has set up an affiliated law firm in Paris, marking its formal entry into the French market. But the firm will not operate under the Nabarros banner to comply with French Bar rules. Frank Lipworth, a Nabarros partner, has established the practice Cabinet Lipworth which will act as Nabarros’ exclusive correspondent in the […]

Top 10 cases of 1997

Ian Hammond puts forward his selection of last year’s crop of leading professional negligence cases. Ian Hammond is a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons. 1 National Home Loans Corporation v Giffen Couch & Archer Giffen Couch acted for borrower and lender in relation to a re-mortgage. Prior to completion, it discovered that the existing mortgagee […]

Osbornes departs "stone age'

Elizabeth Davidson reports Osborne Clarke is midway through a major overhaul of its IT systems which is designed to reflect its own position as a leading provider of IT law advice. Despite its reputation for the quality of its IT lawyers, the firm has, up until recently, been struggling with what it describes as “stone […]

Mishcons exodus as staff quit firm in Julius' wake

Defamation partner Simon Gallant, a litigation partner and three litigation assistants have joined the stream of resignations from Mishcon de Reya. Gallant will still work at the firm one day a week under a consultancy agreement and will spend four days a week as legal adviser and legal affairs director at the advertisers’ trade body, […]

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