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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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Fladgate Fielder acted for Regal Hotel Group in its £64.5m purchase of 13 hotels from Whitbread, represented by Field Fisher Waterhouse. Freshfields advised Salomon Brothers, which gave financing, and Gouldens acted for Guinness Mahon, which underwrote an equity placing for Regal to part-finance the deal.

Managing to be competitive

In the years since 1987 there has been a marked change of attitude in the legal profession towards management – at least firms now acknowledge that they have a need for it. Having said that, the independent mindedness of lawyers still presents an impediment to the adoption of more rational management structures. If management was […]

Onwards, upwards…

In 10 years’ time lawyers are likely to have a raft of new legislation to work with, including a Bill of Rights and a Freedom of Information Act. But what other changes will have taken place? Will barristers still be wearing wigs? Perhaps the courts will be overrun by solicitor advocates, or maybe cases will […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 10/06/97

Covenant in lease to keep supermarket open Cooperative Insurance Society Ltd (Respondents) v Argyll Stores (Holdings) Ltd (Appellants) (1997) Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Hoffmann, Hope and Clyde) 21/5/97 Summary: A decree of specific performance will not issue to enforce a keep-open covenant in a lease.

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