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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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Conditional fee insurance is not a rip off

Far from being a genuine attempt to promote access to justice, Anthony Barton believes that lawyers’ support for legal aid constitutes little more than a thinly-veiled vested interest> Not long ago the Bar Council reportedly warned that the introduction of conditional fees to replace the civil legal aid would lead to the public being “ripped […]

Allen & Overy opts to "job-share' top IT role

CITY firm Allen & Overy has “job-shared” its head of IT role as part of a radical shake-up of the way the firm organises its information technology needs. Whereas most firms appoint one head of IT to oversee the technical strategy of the firm, Allen & Overy has split the responsibility into four departments under […]

Linklaters-Schon Nolte split looms

Linklaters is close to splitting from its Frankfurt joint venture partner Schon Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm in a move that would clear the way for a tie-up with leading German firm Oppenhoff & RAdler. Although Oppenhoff partners voted two weeks ago on co-operation with Linklaters, the firm is remaining tight-lipped about the result. A source […]

In brief: Hoon names May as earliest reform date

Late May is the earliest possible date for the introduction of the Government’s planned legal aid reforms, Geoff Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, told the House of Commons last week. A consultation paper this week will propose: extending conditional fees to all disputes; the withdrawal of legal aid from most personal […]

Solicitor fined £15,000 for misleading investors

Former Blyth Dutton partner Peter Hooper was fined £15,000 this month (Friday 13th) for drafting a misleading “comfort letter” to investors in motor cycle company Norton Group. Hooper, who was charged under the Financial Services Act 1986, drafted the letter on the instruction of Norton’s chief executive Philippe Le Roux, who was also fined £15,000 […]

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