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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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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Ronald Thwaites QC suggested in “Stemming the Bar Tide” (The Lawyer, 3 November) that a return to the Bar correspondence course would go some way to producing barristers that had “business and commercial maturity”. […]

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Sharon E Hartline of White & Case advised a group of investors on First Philippine Holdings Corporation’s US$90m convertible note private placement. Debevoise & Plimpton acted as international counsel for the JP Morgan Group, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz acted as Philippine counsel for JP Morgan and AIG Group, the note purchasers. Linklaters represented […]

Javaid to be quizzed over link with extreme Islamic group

Dibb Lupton Alsop partners were hoping to quiz associate Makbool Javaid about his alleged membership of an extreme Islamic group as The Lawyer went to press. Javaid joined the firm in January from the Commission for Racial Equality and has been advising Dibbs’ clients on how to avoid unfair dismissal and racial discrimination actions. Last […]

Hotel sale shows that small is beautiful

Thistle Hotels wanted to make its biggest disposal of properties ever – the #56m sale to Lehman Brothers Holdings of 30 provincial hotels throughout the UK. But the deal did not go to a big City firm. Instead it opted for Russell Davidson, a sole practitioner who has offices in Harrogate. Thistle stayed with Davidson […]

Law Soc calls for contingency fee legalisation after High Court case

The Law Society has called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine to legalise contingency fees – currently unlawful except where stipulated in the legislation allowing for conditional fees – in the Access to Justice Bill, following a “surprise” High Court ruling. On 9 February the High Court ruled that Birmingham firm Sydney Mitchell had acted […]

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