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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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Merrill Lynch wins landmark decision on fraud damages

Ashurst Morris Crisp is claiming victory for its client Merrill Lynch after a House of Lords ruling which will see US bank Citibank having to pay the investment bank £14m damages over a fraudulent share sale. In 1989 broker Smith New Court, now owned by Merrill Lynch, paid Citibank Securities £23m for 28 million shares […]

Property group rules could be relaxed to help ailing lawyers

RULES governing solicitors’ property groups may be relaxed by the Law Society to help the profession’s struggling conveyancing lawyers. Next week’s Law Society council will vote on measures to try to emulate the hugely successful Scottish property groups that have helped solicitors win a big slice of the property market from estate agents. Among the […]

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The case of the fizzing pain killers is heading for the High Court. Sanofi Winthrop, which manufactures Panadol Soluble tablets, is suing Brunner Mond & Co, of Northwich, Cheshire, for £348,000. It claims that a batch of anhydrous sodium carbonate supplied by Brunners failed to work in the way intended with the result that the […]

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