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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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James Hunt seeks bigger share of Leicester work

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What a waste, says firm

Judgment from Mr Justice Carnwath is now pending in a major battle over classification of imported waste materials. Waste recycling company Dockgrange, which is based in Kent, claims that its business has been “devastated” because of an Environment Agency decision to upgrade the procedures necessary for handling waste it imports from Europe. Dockgrange accuses the […]

Chambers beckon to retiring judge

Retiring judge Gerald Butler QC has taken the unusual step of returning to his old chambers to practise, after spotting a gap in the legal market for media and entertainment arbitration. Butler left One Essex Court to sit on the bench in 1982, becoming Presiding Judge at Southwark Crown Court for 13 years before retiring […]

Cornish partners head for Price Waterhouse

Leading commodities lawyer Martin Cornish – revealed to be joining Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co by The Lawyer last week – is bringing two partners, four fee earners and two support staff with him from his practice. The only remaining partner in MW Cornish & Co, Peter Astleford, is joining Titmuss Sainer Dechert […]

In brief: Attorney General makes appointments

Attorney General John Morris QC has appointed 6 King’s Bench Walk barrister Nigel Sweeney to represent the Government in cases at the Central Criminal Court. Sweeney will succeed David Calvert-Smith QC as First Senior Treasury Counsel, as tradition dictates he steps down on taking silk. William Boyce and John Kelsey-Fry become Senior Treasury Counsel while […]

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