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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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Don't allow the working holiday

There have been reports recently that City banks and financial institutions are illegally employing thousands of working holidaymakers from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. With the current shortage of solicitors in some disciplines, there are concerns that law firms may be doing the same thing. Working holidaymakers are Commonwealth citizens between the ages of […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

Marriage of convenience

How ironic that on the western side of Chancery Lane last week the Law Society finally gave approval for multi-disciplinary partnerships and on the eastern side Denton Hall revealed its plans to merge with Wilde Sapte. Both decisions are great indicators of the state of the profession as we approach the end of the century. […]

Will the Govt beach offshore havens?

The Government has introduced measures to crack down on “designer” tax systems which it claims help companies evade a reported £1bn a year in UK taxes. Under the new rules, businesses have to pay an amount of controlled foreign company (CFC) tax equal to the amount which would have been avoided by using tax havens […]

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Hammond Suddards advised the Royal Bank of Scotland on funding Amtrak’s £31m purchase of Nightspeed Group. The bank led and arranged senior debt facilities co-underwritten by the Bank of Scotland. Patrick Mitchell

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