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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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Lords hears property debate

Judgment is now pending in the House of Lords in a case of considerable significance in property circles. The Law Lords have been asked to overrule lower court decisions that a sub-tenant of agricultural property was entitled to sidestep possession moves brought after the tenant accepted notice to quit and agreed not to issue a […]

Making costs an open subject

As one of the authors of the Bar Council’s report on the comparison of costs of solicitors and barristers, I feel I must respond to your recent editorial on the subject (13 December 1999). The fact is that barristers are now in a fully competitive market for legal services, and as such must compete on […]

Partner poaching firm settles

No terms of the settlement have been released, but Holleb & Coff is understood to have held onto some key clients. Last autumn, Holleb & Coff managing partner, Allen Lev reportedly accused Duane Morris, its chairman Sheldon Bonovitz and the departing partners of orchestrating a calculated plot to destabilise and destroy his firm. Holleb & […]

Care costs in High Court

Kent County Council has launched High Court action in a bid to claim back the cost of the nursing home care it funded in respect of a woman who died in January 1996. The council is taking Jennifer Tapley, executor of the estate of Vera Bennett, to court. It claims that Tapley must pay more […]

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