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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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Ashursts balances PFI deal by avoiding banks

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s head of projects Mark Elsey (right), led a team advising UK Detention Services (UKDS), on avoiding bank financing for the construction and maintenance under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) of a £55m prison at Agecroft in Salford. The deal is the first major PFI infrastructure deal not to bring in bank financiers, […]

Flotation

John Ellard of Linklaters advised Coca-Cola Beverages (CCB) on its £1.7bn flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Richard Cranfield of Allen & Overy advised sponsor Warburg Dillon Read. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised the directors of CCB and Slaughter and May advised San Miguel.

Rights of audience are a Holy Grail

The Lord Chancellor’s recent consultation paper contemplates all solicitors having full rights of audience on qualification. A death-knell for the Bar? Well, hardly. The realities of training, cost and attitude appear to favour the status quo. According to the rules of professional conduct, solicitors must consider whether they have sufficient experience or competence before appearing […]

Booklet of the week

Toronto Special Events & Entertainment Programme, by the American Bar Association. Essential reading for all those lawyers who are flying out to the ABA conference this week. Includes details of a visit to a wild flower farm, an ecumenical prayer breakfast and a bird-watching trip.

Arbitration ace ups stumps for 3 Verulam Buildings

Elizabeth Birch, architect of the recently formed arbitration service, Arbitration for Commerce and Industry (ACI), has defected from 20 Essex Street to rival commercial set 3 Verulam Buildings. Birch, who moves set on 3 August after 18 years at 34-tenant 20 Essex Street, said she wanted to expand her ACI work in banking, insurance and […]

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