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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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The Bill’s stormy passage through the committee and report stages resulted in a number of key government defeats. Why? The Lord Chancellor is embarking on fundamental legal reform against a backdrop of severe Treasury restrictions on public expenditure by his department. City and commercial practices should not ignore this legislation. This Bill has enormous ramifications […]

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Amateur dramatics. A group of drama students are to perform in a musical about the Derek Bentley case, Let Him Have Justice. Bentley was hanged at the age of 19 for the murder of PC Sydney Miles, after allegedly shouting “Let him have it” during a rooftop showdown, and was pardoned last year. While the […]

Insurers to cherry-pick low risk legal aid cases

LEGAL insurers are warning that many cases approved for legal aid funding will be too risky for them to take on under Access to Justice Bill proposals, effectively denying many people their day in court. Under proposals laid out in the Bill, personal injury cases will not be eligible for legal aid and lawyers will […]

Eurobond tax could threaten City

Cliff Dammers, secretary general, International Primary Markets Association Boyan Wells, managing partner, Allen & Overy Simon Firth, partner, Linklaters A curious spot of Euro-meddling in the billion-dollar eurobond market is threatening a calamity in the City. The European Union’s (EU) determination to stamp out tax evasion has led to proposals for taxing the profits of […]

US law firm teams up with Radcliffes

AN OLD friendship between two South African ex-pats has brought US insurance law giant Cozen & O’Connor into a co-operation agreement with Westminster firm Radcliffes. As its first move towards establishing a London office, Cozens – which with 125 partners is the 20th biggest law firm in the US – is to share the office […]

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