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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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Immigration – Employment & Business Practice

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Litigation Recent Decisions 12/12/95

Compulsory acquisition of land by authority R v Northumbrian Water, ex parte Able UK (1995). QBD (Carnwath J) 1/12/95. Summary: Water company held entitled to withdraw its notice to treat notwithstanding having taken possession of the land which it sought to acquire. Position concerning the advance payment made to the landowner. In 1991 the respondent […]

Circuit judge defends his honour after fraud arrest

CIRCUIT judge Richard Gee has released a press statement saying that he is confident he will emerge from mortgage fraud inquiries with his reputation “intact”. Gee, who was arrested last week and questioned at Belgravia police station, is alleged to have been involved in fraud occurring between 1980 and 1989. His arrest was confirmed in […]

In brief: Touche Ross takes on barrister

Chartered accountant Touche Ross has signed barrister Andrew Young as a member of its VAT team. Young, who has represented the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in more than 200 VAT and Duties Tribunal hearings, will represent clients appealing against indirect tax assessments and interest penalties.

Firm plays its cards right with credit deal

Clifford Chance broke new legal ground when it advised on the UK’s first-ever credit card-backed securitisation. A team headed by finance partner Chris Field acted for MBNA International Bank, the second-biggest credit card issue in the US, in a £207.5 million securitisation of credit card cash flow (receivables). “It was a highly challenging transaction in […]

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