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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 20/3/00

Keith Cox v Airtours Plc (2000) QBD (Buckley J) 25 February 2000 Claimant: Male, 25 years old at date of accident; 29 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant arrived in Fuerteventura on 14 February 1996 at the beginning of a week-long package holiday arranged with the defendant travel firm. Once at the […]

It's been a bad week for…

Shareholders, whose rights to sue auditors for unlimited damages for negligence are threatened by the Government’s plans to review company law. The plans, which are designed to stop investors from suing auditors when directors may be more at fault, are in response to big payouts such as the £67.6m settlement relating to Coopers & Lybrand’s […]

Litigation Writs 20/3/00

HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the world’s richest man the Sultan of Brunei, is being sued for more than £30m he allegedly owes for a marina. Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company claims it agreed to design and build a marina at Jerudong in Begara, Brunei, for the Prince, who owns a boat with two […]

Talk of the town

As the property market goes global, firms are stepping up their European marketing initiatives. Catrin Griffiths meets the pathfinders at MIPIM in Cannes. The buzz in the Martinez bar – the best place to network in Cannes – is all about how the global property festival, MIPIM, is changing. “It’s getting so big nowadays,” complains […]

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