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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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CC awards first Indian scholarship

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Metliss quits SJ Berwin for Rosenblatt

SJ Berwin partner Jonathan Metliss is leaving to join London-based Rosenblatt Solicitors. Metliss is leaving the City firm after 25 years to became a consultant at Rosenblatt. He specialises in corporate finance. In a prepared statement Metliss said: “This move takes me back to the business that I love – right at the coalface of […]

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Research and Rescue

Since the introduction of the Enterprise Act 2002, the use of administrations for rescuing failing businesses has increased. Lawyers from DLA Piper highlight some of the legal issues arising out of the Allders case. In recent years there have been several high-profile corporate restructurings including the likes of Jarvis, Leeds United Football Club and MyTravel, […]

Ethnic minority students on the up at degree level

Ethnic minority students made up almost a third of students accepted to first degree law courses last year, new figures from the Law Society reveal. The statistics, published annually, show that 29.8 per cent of students starting undergraduate law degrees for the academic year 2004 in England and Wales were from an ethnic minority. This […]

Hill Dickinson turnover soars over £50m

Hill Dickinson has broken the £50m turnover barrier for the first time, posting a 16 per cent income rise to £52.5m. The North West firm saw impressive growth in a number of areas, particularly professional services, employment and company and commercial. But the marine and claims management departments suffered. Hill Dickinson lost a team of […]

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