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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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Shipping insurers complain over costs

AN INTERNATIONAL group of ship owners has accused the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA) of inconsistencies in the way it awards costs during mediation disputes. The Swedish Club, a mutual insurance group for ship owners, claims the problem could threaten London’s position as the first choice dispute resolution centre for international ship owners. The London-based […]

Discrimination & privacy. A third sex ruled out by tribunal

Transsexuals who are treated equally to members of their original sex cannot claim ‘discrimination’, writes Ruth Bamforth. Ruth Bamforth is a barrister at the DSS solicitor’s office. Views expressed are the author’s own. A recent industrial tribunal case has examined whether an occupational rule that a pension scheme that allows a survivor’s benefits to be […]

Dentons wins dockers case

A TEAM from Denton Hall has won an important victory for 1,400 striking Australian dockers, after securing the lifting of a High Court injunction banning the creation of an international campaign against their employers. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Thomas lifted an ex parte injunction banning the London-based International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) from mounting […]

Just five of top 10 are euro-compliant

At least four of the top 10 UK firms have still not upgraded their IT systems to cope with the euro, despite claims that compliance is more complex than coping with the Millennium Bug. The launch of the euro in 11 EU countries is just eight months away, but the survey, conducted by The Lawyer, […]

Silks not like consultants

In the Lawyer, 7 April, Nigel Pascoe QC is quoted as commenting that the appointment to silk is equivalent to the appointment of a doctor as a hospital consultant. This is far from the case. All hospital medical posts below the rank of consultant are training posts and work under the direct supervision of a […]

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