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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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A new dawn for defamation?

By Kath Livingston The Defamation Act 2013 comes into force on 1 January 2014. Shoosmiths provides details of the new regulations that will govern website operators when on notice of a complaint about online material. In its original update, the law firm reported on the main changes and obstacles for companies arising out of the […]

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SRA confirm 117 firms still without PII

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has identified 117 firms still at risk of closure as a result of being unable to secure professional indemnity insurance. There are 17 firms facing disciplinary action for failing to comply with the obligation to notify the SRA of their need to enter the extended policy period (EPP). The penalty […]

Property update — November–December 2013: non-reliance clause

Despite finding that the sellers of a property had misrepresented the planning situation to the buyers, a court upholds a clause in the contract aimed at preventing the buyers from claiming damages. If a buyer is being induced to enter into a property transaction because of something that the seller has said or done, be […]

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Hélène Darroze

I hate this time of year. People in the real world, ie one outside law, are all winding down nicely for booze-sodden lunches, without having to cancel at the last minute or keep their mobile devices somewhere that they can actually feel them. Yanked back to the office after only my starter at Café Murano […]

Acquisition finance — trends in 2013 and a look at the year ahead

By Rebecca Mauleverer and Anna Voss The last few years in the mid-market acquisition finance market have been tough for all parties. Opportunities have been fewer and the market has been more cautious and therefore slower to move when they do arise. While the market is unlikely to (and arguably should avoid) returning to the pre-‘credit […]

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