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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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Belvir moves up a rung at Southwark

Cyril Dixon A FORMER trainee solicitor with Southwark Council has been appointed to the top legal job with the authority. Julie Belvir becomes borough solicitor and secretary following the departure of Dr Clive Grace to a chief executive’s post in south Wales. Belvir qualified in 1988 and began her career as an articled clerk with […]

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The case of Walker Wingsail Systems, where a jury awarded £1.485 million libel damages against the editor and publishers of Yachting World in 1994, has now been settled prior to the appeal. Rather surprisingly, the defendants publicised the settlement figure under which they pay £760,000 in damages, costs and interest to the plaintiffs. As their […]

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Cripps Harries Hall is putting the final touches to a private banking package for clients which will include a link with a merchant bank. “This will mean that if we have clients who have a portfolio with us, they will be able to get an automatic borrowing facility,” said David Lough, head of the firm’s […]

Linklaters takes NeXT step in IT

Linda Tsang reports City firm Linklaters & Paines is in the process of rolling out a £15 million IT project which, it believes, will put it level with or even ahead of many of its clients. The controversial system is intended to give all the firm’s lawyers, both in its international offices and at client […]

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