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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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US investors into Thailand leverage two incentives

By Paul P Chen and Jonathan Goacher Foreign investment and business participation in Thailand is often heavily regulated. The Foreign Business Act 1999 effectively closes the Thai market for services and certain other sectors to outside competition. The act does provide that exceptions may be made with government approval or under the foreign business licensing […]

Penalties for losing employers to be introduced in tribunals from April 2014

By Kevin McCavish It has been announced that from April 2014 employment tribunals will have the power to order losing employers to pay a financial penalty on top of any financial award made to the claimant. The employment relations minister recently announced (via Twitter) that the power for employment tribunals to order an employer who has […]

Pannone’s partner revolt

Pitchforks may be raised at Pannone this week where some partners remain unconvinced by the firm’s proposed demerger to Slater & Gordon. Sources tell us some individuals are in a state of conflict and there are several bumps in the road that need to be smoothed out. All this despite the deal being voted through […]

Graduates vote Shoosmiths best law firm to work for in TheJobCrowd.com survey

In a 2013–14 Top Companies for Graduates to Work For list, compiled by TheJobCrowd.com, Shoosmiths scored 4.3 out of a maximum of 5. This score — an improvement on last year’s second place — puts the firm alongside sector winners such as Boots (retail), Nationwide (banking and finance) and Innocent Drinks (consumer goods). Categories that businesses are […]

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Pinsents boosts real estate team with Shoosmiths hire

Pinsent Masons is aiming at boosting the commercial focus of its Birmingham real estate team with the hire of Shoosmiths partner Joel Kordan. Kordan will take up a position in Pinsent’s 40-strong Birmingham-based real estate team in a move to re-focus the practice from urban regeneration towards more commercial contracts. His work for regional and […]

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