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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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European guidance

Lawyers hoping to practise in another European jurisdiction can take advantage of a new web site, explaining to what extent they can rely on their existing qualifications. The site, developed by Dr Julian Lonbay, of the University of Birmingham’s Institute of European law, gives details of each member state’s aptitude test, national regulatory bodies and […]

In brief: Ashurst Morris Crisp in moot triumph

Two Ashurst Morris Crisp lawyers, Catherine Chibnall and Daniel Ross, have brought a glow of pride to the head of their litigation department by winning the Simmons & Simmons Centenary moot Competition. Chibnall and Ross beat teams from Simmons & Simmons, Ince & Co, and Allen & Overy in successive rounds. The losing finalists were […]

Good works need to be coordinated

The Law Society has displayed a startling lack of leadership on the issue of pro bono work. Despite the obvious public relations benefits, there is a need for a unit to co-ordinate the various schemes run by law firms. The Bar has already taken action – it set up a pro bono unit earlier this […]

Tom Keevil shows how Northern Bank hit back at the Revenue.

Tom Keevil is a solicitor with Simmons & Simmons. Section 20 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 empowers the Inland Revenue to elicit documents or information needed to pursue investigations. Its use of S.20 to obtain documents and information from non-parties to an investigation has provoked controversy. Some practitioners believe the Revenue regards S.20 as […]

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