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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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Budget leaves islands in flux

Robert Clifford investigates how a raft of proposals announced by the Chancellor will affect the operation of offshore trusts. Robert Clifford is a partner at Theodore Goddard in Jersey. One certainty about the Chancellor, Gordon Brown’s first full Budget was that it would do no favours for the offshore islands. As expected, offshore trusts attracted […]

Top firms square up for battle in Europe

The race for Europe is now firmly on, as Linklaters and Clifford Chance feverishly compete to become top dog in the Continent. Clifford Chance has undoubtedly managed to achieve this position to date but Linklaters, the sleeping giant of Europe, has now woken up and is preparing to really launch itself on the European scene. […]

Shareholders object to Barings plan

The lawyer acting for Barings preference shareholders is intending to object in court to the settlement that was hammered out by the City Disputes Panel (CPD) last week. The CPD aims to settle litigation between three groups of bondholders and give payouts of varying proportions to each group. But it provides nothing for the 1,500 […]

Shipping "notices of readiness'

In a shipping case centring on criteria necessary to render “notices of readiness” valid (The Lawyer, 10 March), the court has now ruled that although charter party notices of readiness were sent early on the understanding that they would not be acted on until the ship owners’ offices opened for business bringing them within the […]

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