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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Couderts suffers further staff losses

THE REVOLVING door at Coudert Brothers has turned again with three associates, including newly-recruited UK tax specialist James Benger, quitting to form their own firm. Michael Chissick, who started with Couderts three years ago, and former Clifford Chance lawyer Claire Nelson, who joined in June, opened as Nelson Chissick last week. Benger, who also joined […]

West case shares OJ system

Helen Sage reports Official court reporters at the Rosemary West case are using the same transcription system as those used in the OJ Simpson trial. Case View for Windows is provided by W Lloyd Woodland at Winchester Crown Court, making it the first time the Windows-based product has been used for a major trial in […]

Avon challenges tendering bias ruling

A challenge by Avon County Council to a ruling that it was guilty of discrimination in its handling of five tenders for waste disposal contracts is now imminent. In January last year the Appeal Court over-ruled an earlier High Court decision and quashed the council’s decision, ruling that unsuccessful waste disposal tenderer Terry Adams had […]

In brief: Theodore Goddard comes clean

City firm Theodore Goddard has come top in the Clean City Awards. Organised by the Corporation of London, the awards are designed to encourage businesses to look at how they manage their waste and help make the City a safer, cleaner and more pleasant place. Receiving the award at a Guildhall ceremony, Simon Stubbings, managing […]

Residents protect properties

Six Surrey home owners and their legal team are celebrating a High Court victory even though they failed in the main aim of their action. Nevertheless, the case has important implications for the ‘care in the community’ programme with its emphasis on moving mentally handicapped patients from hospitals to sheltered community housing. The group of […]

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