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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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Eversheds and Marley family defeat Familyman Barrett

Eversheds has won a High Court victory for the family of Bob Marley against the singer’s former guitarist, Aston “Familyman” Barrett. Mr Justice Lewison this morning (15 May) handed down a judgment finding that Barrett and his late brother Carlton “Carly” Barrett were not parties to a 1974 contract Marley had with his record company […]

Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

Another star A&O partner quits for another US firm

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) London office has lost another partner, this time seeing corporate partner Vanessa Blackmore defect to Sullivan & Cromwell. Blackmore, an equity capital markets specialist, who has been a partner since 1999 resigned earlier today (14 May). Rodgin Cohen, chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell, said: “Vanessa’s arrival is the latest in a […]

Sidley aims to keep Sea Containers afloat

Sidley Austin has been brought in to advise troubled transport group Sea Containers on its restructuring. The London and US offices of the firm are acting for Sea Containers as the group struggles to stay afloat. Last month the company admitted that its accounts would pour doubt on its ability to remain a going concern. […]

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