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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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Barrister duo appeal after wasted costs are ordered

‘Improper’ allegations about Big Break creator leave barristers facing payout; case to go to the Lords A leading silk and a junior counsel face a wasted costs order for making “improper” allegations of fraud against one of the creators of TV snooker gameshow Big Break.Bernard Weatherill QC, of Enterprise Chambers, and Josephine Hayes, of Gough […]

Eversheds instructed by Comet

Eversheds has beaten off competition from at least three law firms to be appointed as the sole adviser on employment for electrical goods retailer Comet Group The firm was invited to pitch despite the employment group having no previous relationship with Comet. Partners Owen Warnock and Peter Norbury led the pitch and have since set […]

Wise counsel

Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen’s Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a ‘pimp mobile’ […]

Davenport Lyons loses property chief to TJG

Davenport Lyons head of property dispute resolution Jonathan Aubrey is moving to Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) He replaces TJG’s current head of the property disputes group Garry Turkie, who is leaving the firm.Aubrey’s move will come as a dent to the practice as he is Davenport Lyons’ only partner specialising in property litigation, although there […]

Date set for International Criminal Court inception

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is poised to become a reality The International Criminal Court (ICC) is poised to become a reality, with the statute underpinning its legality coming into force on 1 July next year following the anticipated ratification of the court’s Rome treaty by at least 60 of the countries that signed the […]

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