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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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Shires face CCT deadlines under Government plans

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In brief: Colemans appoints commercial partner

Manchester-based law firm Colemans has appointed Robert Meaton as partner in charge of commercial property and liquor licensing. Meaton has acted as a specialist in licensing law for major hotels and breweries.

Berrymans snaps up Courts partner

BERRYMANS, the 19-partner London insurance litigation firm, has taken on commercial partner Peter Bohm from niche commercial practice Courts & Co. Bohm will head the firm’s developing company and commercial department. Bohm brings extensive experience in acquisitions, joint ventures and disposal work to the firm. He was with five-partner Courts & Co for 10 years […]

Media floats draw firms

Top City firms Herbert Smith and Clifford Chance led the legal work on the multi-billion pound international flotations of cable company Telewest and satellite television broadcaster BSkyB. The two deals could herald a series of major deals in the electronic media sector. Cable business competitors are already thought to be planning similar floats to Telewest, […]

West committal date set

14 February 1995 has been set for the committal hearing before magistrates at Gloucester in the case of builder Fred West, 53, and his wife Rosemary, 41. They face charges of murdering nine young women whose remains were found at their home in Cromwell Road Gloucester. Fred West also faces a further three charges of […]

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