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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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Roger Pearson previews an important test for local authority loan guarantees

Judgment is pending in a case with wide implications for the future of local authority private sector borrowing. Credit Suisse is appealing High Court rulings on 6 May and 2 November 1994 that Allerdale Borough Council and the London Borough of Waltham need not repay the millions loaned to them. In the Allerdale case, repayment […]

Scott on the 'acceptable face' of PIIs

SIR Richard Scott, the man who grilled government ministers on arms exports to Iraq and now the Vice-Chancellor, is to outline the workings of public interest immunity certificates at a March conference. National legal charity the Public Law Project has scored a coup with the lecture, ‘The acceptable and unacceptable use of public interest immunity […]

Hands off our profession

I am somewhat alarmed to read about the increasing interest of accountants in the legal profession. It is a worrying trend and one on which the legal profession must take a stand. Multidisciplinary practices are not even allowed and yet we see the major firms of accountants preparing to go down this route. It means […]

Dentons' man in HK

City firm Denton Hall’s Hong Kong office has a new partner heading its project finance practice – Richard Lawrence. Lawrence, a US attorney, will also be responsible for the Hong Kong branch of the firm’s China practice. He previously worked in Hong Kong with San Francisco-based practice Morrison & Foerster after experience in Hong Kong […]

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