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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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EU time directive/termination payments. Up against the clock

Every lawyer is probably familiar with the European Working Time Directive, due to have been implemented by EU member states on 23 November 1996. The Press attention on the subject is hard to avoid. However, not all lawyers will be aware what precise form the UK regulations will take, as a result of the UK […]

Shareholders throw out bid for Greycoat

Both sides’ lawyers are claiming victory in the bitter six-week long shareholder battle over property company Greycoat. Property company Moorfield Estates last week withdrew an offer to buy its larger rival Greycoat after shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting voted to reject its bid. But in the process, Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith, has agreed […]

In brief: Chair in negligence law for Liverpool

Liverpool firm Weightmans is to fund the establishment of a new Chair in Negligence Law at the University of Liverpool, which will be advertised nationally and internationally. It will allow the firm access to training facilities from the faculty of law, which is an authorised provider approved by the Law Society. Weightmans senior partner Tony […]

EU Time directive/termination payments. Sleight of handshake

The assumption that the first £30,000 of a termination payment to former employees will be tax-free is an important basic principle for both employees and employers. However, over the past year, this tax-free payment has been under threat. Admittedly, there have always been limitations to this basic principle. For example, it can only be made: […]

Ellison spearheads Eversheds' pension ambitions

National firm Eversheds is aiming to build one of the leading pensions practices in Europe with the appointment of Hammond Suddards pensions specialist Robin Ellison. Currently a consultant at Hammond Suddards, Ellison will join Eversheds initially as a consultant and will become a partner and National Head of Pensions at Eversheds later in 1997. He […]

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