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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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Summit rescheduled

The organiser of a London summit on the regulation of the internet cancelled it at the last minute. Prince, which was due to stage its Internet Executive Summit from 19 to 21 January put the sudden cancellation down to the fact that a US green paper on reform of the domain name system a crucial […]

NSW eases its MDP rules

The Australian state of New South Wales is close to finalising rules easing the restrictions on multidisciplinary partnerships and the incorporation of practices. In particular, the NSW government’s Legal Advisory Council has proposed allowing non-lawyers to take a larger stake in MDPs. At present, 51 per cent of net profits of an MDP must go […]

A profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]

Litigation Writs 27/1/98

Nicholas Nixon, who claims he was wrongfully dismissed by Alfred McAlpine (International), is suing the company for damages for alleged breach of an employment contract in August 1995, wrongful dismissal and misrepresentation. Writ issued by Hodge Jones & Allen, London NW1. Legal practice Masons, of London EC1, is suing Iaf Properties of London EC4, for […]

Lowndes loses right to appeal

Lowndes Lambert Group and Lowndes Lambert Marine have lost their challenge to a decision by Mr Justice Toulson in the Commercial Court on 24 July last year that they were not entitled to retain the proceeds of an insurance claim collected by them from underwriters in respect of damage to a ship the Sun Tender.

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