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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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Andrew Parsons on professional negligence limitation.

Andrew Parsons is a barrister practising at Portsmouth Barristers’ Chambers. WHEN does the primary limitation period begin to run for a professional negligence action in the area of housing law? If a house purchaser intends to take action against an allegedly negligent surveyor or valuer who provides a mortgage valuation report for the mortgagee, does […]

Landlords' entry rights re-visited

A decision preventing landlords to re-enter property under certain circumstances has been reversed by the Clarence Cafe v Comchester Properties High Court decision last November. Clarence Cafe had leased a pizzeria from Comchester Properties for £40,000 a year to the year 2000. However, it went into administration in March 1998 owing more than £26,000 in […]

Stalker on the internet

LOS ANGELES prosecutors have brought the first case of “cyber-stalking”, or harassment by computer. The prosecution is against a spurned security guard who posted advertisements on the internet in his victim’s name – claiming she was “into rape fantasy and gang-bang fantasy” – including her address, phone number and instructions on how to bypass her […]

…as it prepares for law firm cull

A leading insurer is demanding to know the financial details of nearly 100 firms, sparking fears that its overgrown panel is about to be slashed. A letter, in the form of a pro forma spreadsheet, issued by recently merged insurer CGU, requires firms to provide financial and operational data for 1998. Alistaire Layland, project leader […]

Picasso set to pay u250m to ex husband

Next week, the daughter of Pablo Picasso may pay out the biggest divorce settlement ever. Roger Pearson reports. NEXT Monday sees the start of a financial battle in the High Court’s Family Division which could make all others pale into insignificance. Recent weeks have seen Jerry Hall filing for divorce, and the talk is of […]

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