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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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In brief: District Judge Richard Holloway

District Judge Richard Holloway, who sits at Carlisle County Court, has been elected president of the 384-strong Association of District Judges, with District Judge Tony Lancaster of Newcastle County Court as senior vice president. District Judge Holloway says: “The overriding objective of the District Bench for my year of office will be to make the […]

LAB awards direct contract to 2 Garden Court

2 Garden Court has become the first chambers to win a direct contract from the Legal Aid Board. The public can now bypass law firms to get legally-aided advice direct from the set. Colin Cook, senior clerk at the common law set, describes the contract as “a very exciting development”. Jan Luba, a barrister at […]

Martin Cross on insolvency practitioners costs.

Martin Cross is head of litigation at Thomas Eggar Church Adams. The ringing words of Mr Justice Ferris in Mirror Group Newspapers v Maxwell & ors (1998) BCC324 concerning the fees of the receivers sent a chill wind through the offices of all professionals dealing with insolvency work. In the Maxwell case, the receivers took […]

Italian firms merge to fight the English

The end of a family feud is leading to the creation of Italy’s biggest firm. Osborne Clarke’s Italian associate Croze Radice & Associati, which was set up by a member of the same family that founded top Italian firm Carnelutti, is now seeking to reunite the family in a marriage between the two firms. The […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

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