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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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One King’s Bench Walk, the premier family and white-collar crime set, is appointing a new head of chambers and its first practice manager. James Townend QC is stepping down after 17 years at the helm and will be replaced by Anthony Hacking QC, the highly-regarded criminal fraud barrister. Hacking prosecuted on behalf of the Serious […]

PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the UK-based Standard Chartered Bank have settled a long running damages case in which the Big Five accountancy firm was accused of faulty auditing. The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987. Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 […]

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In just over a week, Next will unveil its interim results to the City. The figures are expected to reflect a positive year during which the company has maintained a healthy share price. But Next’s current profile is in sharp contrast to 1998, when the company issued a profits warning before it revealed a drop […]

St Mary's loses criminal team to rival set

The 10-strong criminal practice group from St Mary’s Chambers is leaving to join rival Nottingham set King Charles House after merger talks between the two sets were abandoned. The two sets were in three-way merger talks with London chambers 36 Bedford Row, but talks collapsed when Bedford Row failed to secure the support of three-quarters […]

McDonald's hands work to Wragges

Wragge & Co has beaten City rivals to win lucrative property work from fast food giant McDonald’s. The Birmingham firm will work alongside Forsters on the development of 100 sites over the next year. McDonald’s head of legal Julian Hilton-Johnson says: “This is a big slice of work and I thought it would be advantageous […]

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