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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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Stephens sounds off

“PRESS freedom doesn’t mean you can publish absolutely anything. Everyone knows there are things better left unsaid.” These are the words of self-styled legal “gun for hire” Mark Stephens in an interview with The Journalist, the paper of his client the National Union of Journalists. And the senior partner of Stephens Innocent goes on to […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/08/95

ROBERT JAMES COOLES, 47, admitted 1971, practised in partnership with Abbott Cresswell, London SW14, suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,728 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money and failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s reports revealed client account shortfall of £285,637. Tribunal said Cooles had paid […]

Firms put down names for share group

Partners at Clifford Chance, Linklaters & Paines, Nabarro Nathanson and Paisner & Co have signed up to join a new body for professionals involved in executive/employee share schemes. The Society of Share Scheme Practitioners, which was launched at the beginning of the month, aims to offer a forum for information exchange between members and the […]

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Pinsent Curtis acted for IM Properties on the sale of 32 industrial and office premises to Deedcrest for £19.7 million. Deedcrest is acting as general partner for the Greenridge Partnership, involving Green Properties and GE Capital instructing law firms Stones Porter and Nabarro Nathanson respectively. Mackie & Dewar and Steadman Ramage advised IM and Deedcrest […]

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