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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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Olswang's IT director departs

Elizabeth Davidson reports Olswang IT director Stephen Dreyer has left the firm with no job to go to after more than two years at the firm. Dreyer left the firm last month after a restructuring of the firm’s IT department. The terms of his departure are the subject of a confidentiality agreement. However, The Lawyer […]

Hurt Girling complains of “pejorative' remarks

Tony Girling has accused fellow members of the Law Society’s ruling council of subjecting him to a series of “pejorative” jibes after they voted down his plan to resurrect a version of the “Buggin’s turn” system for electing the profession’s leaders of the society. Girling, the former president of the Law Society, had proposed that […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/3/98

Graham Edward Westbury North, 45, admitted 1977, Michael Anthony Weston, 49, admitted 1972, and Emily Claire Assunta Rebecca Macaskie, 37, admitted 1988, practising at material time as Burton Yeates Westburys, London, WC2. North and Weston struck off and Macaskie suspended from practice for 12 months. £10,156 costs ordered to be paid (of which North to […]

Marian Joseph on English go-ahead for German assigned claim. Marian Joseph is a partner with Pritchard Englefield, which acted for Land Hessen.

The recent High Court judgment in Land Hessen v Gray & Gerrish could have far-reaching consequences for insurers and for those involved in personal injury cases with a foreign element. On the trial of a preliminary issue, Mr Justice Sachs decided that the plaintiff, a German state could, in principle, recover from a tortfeasor certain […]

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