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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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Cleaning up after the great pensions scam

Jonathan Seres examines the legal recourse for losers in the pensions debacle The lay person’s guide to the great pensions scam is simple. If the punter chose a personal scheme and ignored an employer’s scheme or transferred from it while still in their employment, they probably received bad advice. As every good litigator knows, the […]

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Hanson Transport was advised by Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick in connection with an agreement for transportation of non-petro-chemical products with ICI, advised by its in-house legal team.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/11/94

JONATHAN FRANCIS McDEVITT, 38, admitted 1982, practised at material times in partnership with White McDevitt, London WC1, fined u2,000 and ordered to pay u2,475 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of unreasonable delay in conduct of professional business, failed to reply to correspondence from client, failed to perform professional undertakings within reasonable time, giving false […]

Wandsworth makes second tender stab

Nicole Maley reports WANDSWORTH Borough Council has called for expressions of interest on its controversial litigation tender. The five-year contract, the subject of a critical report prepared by the council’s in-house legal team earlier this year, includes routine and non-routine litigation work in departments throughout the authority. The council is expected to issue invitations to […]

Sting case settles out of court

An out-of-court settlement has ended one potential forth-coming action. Pop star Sting’s company, Steerpike has reached an agreement with Coutts bank over a u5 million claim. As a result, the case has been removed from the Commercial Court list.

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