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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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The former chief whip, The Sun and the costs budgeting regime

The libel battle between the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP and The Sun is creating new costs law that all litigators should be aware of. It could take the former chief whip longer to get his case against the tabloid before the courts after Master McCloud imposed sanctions on the claimant because his lawyers […]

Application of the UK Takeover Code — avoiding the widening net

With effect from 30 September 2013, the Takeover Code will widen the categories of companies it regulates by partially removing the residency test for companies that have their registered offices in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. These changes will have important consequences for AIM-listed companies incorporated in the UK, the […]

2013–14 UK employment developments

Things were more straightforward when employment developments were scheduled to come into force twice a year (April and October). This year has been far less predictable with numerous proposals promised and then postponed or delayed, and legislation being introduced on random dates such as 25 June and 29 July. Very significant changes have occurred or are about […]

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Diversity efforts fail to pay off at top end of profession

Firms’ efforts to promote gender diversity in the profession appear to be failing, with the proportion of partners who are women falling at half of the UK top 20. Research for The Lawyer’s UK 200 shows that among the 18 firms to have provided a breakdown of the gender of their partnerships so far, the […]

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