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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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If successful, Nelsons' campaign will run across Yorkshire

NINE-partner Leeds firm Nelson & Co has launched a hard-hitting advertising campaign, direct mailing over 50,000 homes in Leeds in a bid to attract personal injury work. It hopes for a response rate of between 2 and 7 per cent, and if the scheme proves to be a success then millions of homes across Yorkshire […]

In brief: Entwistle to head UK Chambers of Commerce

John Entwistle, consultant at northwest firm Davies Wallis Foyster, was elected president of the British Chambers of Commerce in London last week. Entwistle was chairman of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce between 1992 and 1994, and is chairman of several private property companies.

Year of the specialist lawyer

The recruitment of specialists is seen as crucial for long-term success in a transformed Irish market. How much longer can the Celtic Tiger roar? This question is increasingly being asked as Ireland continues to beat all economic predictions. But, with the top 25 law firms reporting activity up by an average of 20-30 per cent […]

Charterer maintains course over contract

The Appeal Court is set to decide whether a charterer was entitled to invoke its cancellation clause, reports Roger Pearson. Judgment is now pending in a case of considerable significance in the shipping world. It centres on the rights of charterers to cancel charterparties. A finding by Mr Justice Mance in the High Court on […]

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