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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Weightmans loses top partner to Addleshaws

Weightmans is losing its Manchester head of professional indemnity to Addleshaw Booth & Co as the firm undergoes a strategic review of its business. Highly-rated partner Mike Grant is leaving insurance specialist Weightmans after four years to join Addleshaws’ litigation and dispute resolution department in Manchester. The departure comes at a time when Liverpool-based Weightmans […]

Looking after the pupils

Lord Bingham’s ruling that the minimum wage does not apply to pupil barristers should not send a negative message to prospective students of the bar (The Lawyer, 13 March). In any event most chambers pay pupils considerably more than the minimum wage. Immediately after last week’s ruling, I commented that it was perhaps time for […]

Mullins quits as SIF managing director

Elizabeth Mullins, managing director at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif), is resigning just six months before the company is due to close. Mullins, who has been with Sif for 16 years and managing director for three, is believed to have resigned last week. It was expected that Mull-ins would continue as part of the joint […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £2bn Rover sell-off

Macfarlanes has won a contract to advise on the £2bn sale of Rover Cars to venture capitalists Alchemy. The deal, which comes just a month after it was appointed Alchemy’s principal legal adviser, covers the acquisition of the former British car manufacturer and Longbridge plant from German car giant BMW. Charles Martin, Macfarlanes commercial partner, […]

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