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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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Litigation Writs 31/5/99

The US government and NASA are taking Julian Higgins of London to the High Court after failing to stop him from registering a trade mark similar to the NASA logo. In a claim issued at London’s High Court, they are seeking to reverse an order of the Registrar of Trade Marks, made on 13 January […]

Slaughters and Freshfields aid biggest Euro bank deal

Slaughter and May and Freshfields are advising on potentially the biggest cross-boarder banking deal completed in Europe between the Alliance & Leicester and the Bank of Ireland. Freshfields is aiding the Alliance & Leicester, while Slaughter and May are working with the Bank of Ireland to advise on negotiations. A merger could culminate in creating […]

Pet crematorium in pollution war

A pet crematorium at Guilsborough is at the centre of a High Court planning and environmental battle. Mr Justice Turner has given leave for a challenge to be mounted against Daventry District Council’s decision to allow Timeright Ltd, operator of the crematorium, to expand its activities on the site to include disposal of medical and […]

Quote of the week

“Why do you think the Law Society doesn’t love us and we don’t love them? Of course we love the Law Society.” – Keith Vaz MP, newly-appointed parliamentary secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), signals at a press conference that relations between the Law Society and the LCD will improve following his appointment. Or […]

Diamonds no longer forever at Gouldens

It is a case of the disappearing diamond for City firm Gouldens, which has dropped its old “G” logo and removed the “solicitors” tag as part of a full make-over. The new look for the millennium is estimated by one insider to have cost the 36-partner City firm a six-figure sum. Charters Macdonald-Brown, Gouldens managing […]

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