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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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Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate investment trust (Reit) war, securing the first public mandate to convert Hammerson from a listed company to a Reit. Herbert Smith scores reit coup with Hammerson deal Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate […]

Olswang breaks through £500K profit benchmark

Olswang breaks through £500K profit benchmark” />Olswang has crashed through the £500,000 barrier for average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the first time since 2000. The firm’s turnover, which six years ago stood at £35m, has mushroomed to £77m, a growth of 22.5 per cent in the last financial year. Average PEP provisionally stands […]

Supermarkets braced for £25m investigation fees

The UK’s big-four supermarkets are expecting astronomical legal fees in the wake of the Competition Commission’s investigation into the grocery sector. Asda, J Sainsbury, Tesco and Wm Morrison are expecting a combined legal bill in excess of £25m after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the grocery sector investigation to the Competition Commission this […]

Company Law Reform Bill should worry lawyers

The Company Law Reform Bill envisages major changes to directors’ duties and the ability of shareholders to bring derivative actions against company directors. During House of Lords debates, a number of government amendments were accepted. For the most part, these addressed concerns expressed by the business community. Under the new law, there will be six […]

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