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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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Garretts’ Leeds corporate partner Roland Todd has advised Alternative Investment Market-listed company Gartland Whalley & Barker on arranging a unique and controversial compulsory buy-back from investors with less than 50 shares. Garretts helped the company float in September 1996 with a reverse takeover of Select Industries. But the value of Select Industries’ shares had declined […]

Intuition:a poor substitute for empirical evidence

There is too little economics in English commercial law, says Professor Roy Goode. He blames the narrowness of law courses and the short-termism of law makers Legal systems round the world vary significantly in their approach to the role of the courts and to judicial reasoning. In some jurisdictions the emphasis is on formal reasoning. […]

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In brief: Crime and Disorder Bill is published

The Home Office launched its Crime and Disorder Bill last week, introducing new offences of racially aggravated assault and harassment, abolishing the presumption that under-10s cannot commit a crime and setting up a new Youth Justice Board and youth offender teams. The five-part Bill also extends the custodial term for sexual crimes by 10 years […]

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