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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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In brief: The National Farmers' Union

The National Farmers’ Union has cut back its legal panel to nine law firms from 69. Firms left on the panel include Morgan Cole and Bond Pearce. The NFU has also launched a legal service centre to help its 135,000 members get quicker access to advice. The union is employing 12 legal advisers to help […]

Norton Rose to advise on solicitor insurance

Norton Rose has been appointed by the Law Society to advise on a new solicitors insurance scheme. The firm will look at legal issues underpinning the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), which the Law Society plans to scrap next year. The City firm won a Law Society beauty parade for the lucrative work. James Bateson, a […]

Case of the week

Microsoft v the US Department of Justice. Hordes of bemused spectators heard the closing arguments of a titanic struggle between the world’s largest software company, headed by Bill Gates (pictured) and the US government, which is accusing Microsoft of being a monopoly, of increasing costs for the consumer, and of curbing industry innovation. Presiding judge, […]

£1m-a-year QC defects to rival set

David Oliver QC, one of the “million-pound-a-year club” barristers, is leaving 13 Old Square to join premier company set Erskine Chambers. Oliver, who has been a tenant at 13 Old Square – where his father also practised – throughout his career will join Erskine Chambers on 1 October. The loss of Oliver will be a […]

Stephenson Harwood on standby for Nationwide

Stephenson Harwood is being put on hold by first time client Nationwide over its plan to sue Barclays. The firm had been fighting Nationwide’s corner in a dispute over Barclays’ proposed £1 charge to non-customers for use of its cashpoint, which the bank plans to introduce next month. Nationwide gave Barclays until 23 September to […]

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