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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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Avis in moves against Truckpoint

Avis Rent-a-Car has issued proceedings against Truckpoint, its former licensee in Southwark in South London, claiming an injunction and damages. Truckpoint is alleged to have continued to hold itself out as an Avis Rent-a-Car licensee after the termination of its licence in June this year.

Wright swaps Pitmans for Penningtons

Thames Valley firm Pitmans has parted company with salaried commercial partner Rupert Wright, who is now working at Penningtons in Newbury. Wright’s departure follows the loss, this year, of four other partners – three in the intellectual property department. The firm is also losing Wendy Lefkin an assistant in the IP section who is joining […]

Berrymans sponsors liability research

London law firm Berrymans is funding the first academic research into liability for industrial pollution in the European Union. The project is run at the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society at Mansfield College. Partner Sarah Shemmings says: “A capitalist society needs the safety net of insurance, and it cannot afford to price […]

Social policy vs free market

I refer to a recent Litigator’s View (The Lawyer, 16 June). Jonathan Moore of Hammond Suddards suggests that the case brought by Tommy Hilfiger against Tesco relates to exhaustion of trade mark rights, a general issue which was tackled on 16 July when the European Court of Justice gave judgment in the Silhouette case. We […]

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