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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: Hempsons

Hempsons is accused by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of negligence. The claim comes in a writ issued last week against the law firm, which alleges it was negligent in its handling of a libel action brought by Dr Peter Bixon against Channel 4 in 1994. The writ accuses the firm of negligence and breach […]

Property

The Greenalls Group and Nomura International have agreed to sell their entire franchised and tenanted estate to Tudor House Acquisitions. The total purchase price is £370m. Greenalls was advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite with partner Simon Jay leading the corporate team. Nomura was advised by Clifford Chance, led by David Pearson.

European Court breaks through language barrier

Travelling citizens of the European Union must be able to use their own language in the court of the region they are visiting if that right is also enjoyed by residents of the area, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. Its judges were asked to consider the cases of an Austrian lorry driver […]

Judges avoid charity work

JUDGES are treating charity work cautiously following the Lord Hoffmann debacle. The Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has bowed out of hosting a fund raising reception for Amnesty International because he has been told he could be one of the judges hearing General Augusto Pinochet’s new plea for state immunity. While Lord Woolf has […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/01/99

Martijn Willem Otto Biesheuvel v Andrew Birrell (1999) – QBD (Eady J) 21 December 1998 Plaintiff: Male, 22 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Plaintiff was a rear-seat passenger in a car being driven by the defendant. The defendant lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a row of parked cars. Neither the defendant nor […]

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