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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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Herbert Smith tops PFI projects' league

The big five City firms have been pipped at the post by Herbert Smith when it comes to private finance initiative work, according to the first-ever PFI league table, produced by newsletter The PFI Report. The City firm has advised on 38 PFI projects with a value of more than £5 million, the largest number […]

Ombudsman to take no action over Howells case

THE Legal Services Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, has decided to take no further action over the complaint which led to the resignation of Michael Howells as Law Society treasurer. Howells resigned from the treasury post in July after the Solicitors Complaints Bureau issued him with a “severe rebuke” for professional misconduct and ordered him to pay […]

Wynne makes tracks for Denton Hall in January

Leading banking lawyer Geoffrey Wynne of Watson Farley & Williams, who left the firm last month, will be joining City firm Denton Hall in the new year. He will be a partner in its banking and financial group and will be in charge of initiatives to develop the practice. Wynne has been at Watsons since […]

Sayer turns private eye over Regis

“Robert Sayer has missed his vocation,” muttered someone during a coffee break at last week’s Law Society Council meeting. “He should have been a private detective.” Sayer’s unofficial report into Regis to council members quotes from private e-mail memos between staff at Chancery Lane as their alarm about the problems with the computer system grew. […]

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