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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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Litigation Personal Injury 29/10/96

Combined judgments: Hirst, Auld, Thorpe LJJ – Court of Appeal – 23 October 19Wells v Wells Claimant: Thelma Wells, 58 Incident: Road traffic accident Award: £1.619m by Judge Wilcox, QBD, 13 June 199Counsel for appellant: John Leighton-Williams QC, Richard Methuen Solicitors for appellant: Linda Y Oliver, Worthing Counsel for respondent: Christopher Purchas QC, George Gadney […]

In brief: Wright quits Dibbs for Linklaters & Paines

Former Dibb Lupton Alsop partner Richard Wright has left the firm to join Linklaters & Paines. Wright, who joined Linklaters on 23 October, will continue to concentrate on contentious insolvency and fraud and will take the title ‘of counsel’, a US term that recognises seniority. He will not be a partner.

MoD faces crashing case

Two widows whose husbands died in a September 1994 helicopter crash at Koblenz in Germany are heading for a High Court confrontation with the Ministry of Defence. Anja Bielert-Beck and Gillian Beresford, whose husbands Corporal Andrew Beck and Sergeant Leslie Beresford died when the Lynx helicopter crashed, are claiming the crash was the result of […]

Labour's position on fast track cheers Apil

Personal injury lawyers have welcomed firm signals from the Labour Party that it will exclude personal injury litigation from Lord Woolf’s proposed fast-track system. Addressing the Society of Labour lawyers in Leicester last week, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng said he had serious doubts that personal injury cases and the fixed costs proposed under […]

Rape transcripts

Canadian mother Donna French, whose daughter was abducted, raped and murdered, broke down as she told delegates how the judge in the case should not have had transcripts from a videotape of the rape and torture read out to the media during the trial. “It seems to offer no benefit other that to satisfy the […]

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