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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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: While Carter-Ruck revamps its image

Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners has treated itself to a new look with a redesigned logo and letterhead. The firm is using the design launch to raise its profile in areas of law other than defamation, for which it is best known. Partner Alasdair Pepper says: “It is part of an ongoing process of looking at […]

Bigger than the Beatles

Fiona Callister meets Rex Makin, the anti-authoritarian lawyer who has become an institution in his right. In a side street in Liverpool, just between Thorntons and Ann Summers, are the offices of E Rex Makin, self-proclaimed legend and lawyer to the masses. On the front door is a polite but firm notice to leave prams […]

Firm calls for solicitors to join forces on abuse class action

A firm co-ordinating a child abuse damages claim against residential homes in the North West is calling on solicitors representing other victims to join its group action. Cheshire-based Abney Garsden McDonald partner Peter Garsden is co-ordinating the group action against five homes which involves 90 firms representing 200 victims. After a “series of misunderstandings by […]

In brief: Berrymans Lace Mawer

Berrymans Lace Mawer and Dibb Lupton Alsop have been appointed to the legal panel for the newly formed North West Development Agency. They join Addleshaw Booth & Co and Eversheds on the panel that will advise on investment and regeneration projects covering the region, which stretches from Cumbria to Cheshire. Dibbs was formerly on the […]

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