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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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Irvine urged to end court secrecy

THE LAWYER has called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine to change the county court rules after a judge blocked an application to release a clerk’s summons against three barristers claiming the case had “nothing to do with human rights”. The Lawyer applied for access to the summons after The Mayor’s City of London County […]

Time to lift the lid on County Court justice

A FAILED application to gain access to a County Court summons which was made by the The Lawyer on 26 June has revealed a significant discrepancy in the operation of the civil courts. It is a long held tradition of the High Court that writs are made available to the public. The practice has never […]

Phil Shiner on a ground-breaking pollution judgment

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Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

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