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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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LGA lawyer calls for one public sector framework

The senior lawyer for the Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for central government to dismantle the barriers between local authority lawyers and their counterparts in other local public bodies. John Reece, the LGA’s director of central services, argues that local authority legal teams are prevented from easy cross-working and collaboration, adding that the LGA […]

Charity Law Association names new chair

Anne-Marie Piper, a partner at Farrer & Co, has been elected chair of the Charity Law Association. Piper takes over from Stephen Lloyd. Piper said: “With membership of the CLA exceeding 900 and the Charities Bill going through Parliament, it is a very exciting time for charity law and the association and I’m really looking […]

FIFA defends Dutch trouser removal action

As thousands of fans gather in Frankfurt for the Group D decider between Holland and Argentina, FIFA’s legal team has launched an offensive against ambush marketing surrounding the game. FIFA accused Dutch brewery Bavaria of ambush marketing after it provided football fans with thousands of bright orange lederhosen for Holland’s group match against Ivory Coast. […]

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Attractive infrastructure and good access to the AIM and LSE markets should allow the Isle of Man to bolster its reputation as a hub for IT firms, says Andrew Corlett Following on from the Isle of Man’s attempts to position itself as a top-tier offshore e-business centre and attract leading e-businesses, such as Neteller, PokerStars […]

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