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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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Barclays turns to AZB for Indian venture

Barclays’ in-house lawyers have teamed up for the first time with Indian firm AZB & Partners to advise the bank on its joint venture with Mumbai-based processing centre Intelenet. A Barclays team led by senior legal counsel Sarah Gibbs and head of commercial legal Andrew Colyer led the negotiation of the share purchase, joint venture […]

PI lawyers slam Law Soc over referral fees

the Law Society’s stance on referral fees. Personal injury lawyers hit out last week (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees. Speakers at the launch of London Accident Link, including Louise Christian of Christian Khan Solicitors, condemned the Law Society for allowing referral fees, arguing that they compromise ethical standards. A […]

Parmalat advisers get hourly rate

The law firms advising bankrupt dairy group Parmalat in the multibillion dollar actions against banks and financial advisers have been retained on an hourly rate rather than a contingency basis. As reported in The Lawyer (9 August), Milanese litigation boutique Studio Legale Lombardi Molinari is leading the charge against a slate of banks and auditors […]

SAC race

The development of public legislation relating to segregated accounts companies is proving beneficial to the insurance market in Bermuda. Neil Horner reports In August 2000, Bermuda enacted the Segregated Accounts Companies Act 2000 (the SAC Act). The public legislation established a registration system for a segregated accounts company or SAC (the Bermudian equivalent of a […]

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