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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 13/1/98

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SJ Berwin forced to shut down its six lawyer PFI unit

SJ Berwin & Co has closed its PFI projects team with the loss of at least five fee earners. The firm’s “strategic decision” to close the unit, which was established three years ago, was revealed last week following the departure of associate Mark Johnson to City firm Devonshires along with assistant Paul Buckland and trainee […]

Valmai Adams on bullying at work and work-induced stress. Valmai Adams is head of Nabarro Nathanson's employment group.

The problem for employers of protecting employees from workplace bullies has been highlighted by the recent action brought by Anthony Ratcliffe, the deputy head teacher who claimed he was bullied by colleagues to the point of a mental breakdown. Ratcliffe accepted £101,028 in an out-of-court settlement after instituting proceedings in the High Court. The principles […]

In brief: Corporate partner takes top post at Speechlys

City firm Speechly Bircham has elected corporate partner Michael Lingens as its new managing partner. The 40-partner firm has just posted record turnover and profits and will be moving to new purpose-built offices near Holborn Circus. Lingens said the firm had decided to concentrate on seven key areas, including corporate, tax and employment.

Firm faces High Court writ from Swiss client after £2.7m defeat

London firm Swepstone Walsh is to be sued in the High Court in a negligence action where it is alleged the firm was to blame for the failure of a #2.7m claim. A writ has been issued against Swepstone Walsh by the Swiss company Orsank SA and Orsank’s UK representative, Broderick Munro-Wilson – a friend […]

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