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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 Writs 26/7/99

Two soldiers, one from Nottingham and the other from the Isle of Wight,who claim they have been injured after their medical conditions were notproperly diagnosed, are suing the Ministry of Defence for compensation.Dean Cumberpatch, 27, of Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashford, Nottingham, and DarrenLambert, also 27, of East Cowes, Isle of Wight, accuse the MoD ofnegligence, breach of […]

In brief: Clintons

Clintons, the entertainment law firm, has taken on one of the founding partners of US law firm Costello & Joelson. Stephen Joelson, a specialist in international commercial litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, joins as a consultant.

New York City Bar cautiously welcomes MDP profit scheme

The New York City Bar has given its qualified support formultidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The Bar’s decision follows an American Bar Association (ABA) commission’srecommendation that lawyers should be allowed to share their profits withother professionals in MDPs.The executive committee says the “core values” of lawyers should prevailin an MDP. Its strongest objection is to MDPs providing both […]

What price sanctuary under the Asylum Bill?

With hindsight, sometimes I wish I hadn’t been born.” This is not thecomment of an asylum-seeker or refugee, but the reaction of one immigrationpractitioner to the implications of the proposals in the Immigration andAsylum Bill currently going through Parliament, which the Government hasdescribed as “faster, firmer and fairer”. But immigration law and practice is an […]

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Trowers & Hamlins has acted for Hyde Housing Association and its subsidiary, Hyde Southbank Homes, which was set up to take the transfer of 2,300 homes in Stockwell from Lambeth Council. Hyde Southbank Homes raised up to £38m in a stock transfer to finance the project. Trowers & Hamlins also advised Hyde and Hyde Southbank […]

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