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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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New scheme set up to rival Solicitors Property Centres

One of the pioneers of the solicitors property shop concept is to establish a rival to the planned Solicitors Property Centres (SPC) chain. Solicitor Michael Garson, who in February this year organised one of the first conferences calling for solicitors to band together and sell property, has now set up the Independent Property Solicitors Organisation […]

In brief: Berwins consultant to head property firm

Berwin Leighton consultant Victor Benjamin, has been appointed non-executive director at property consultants Richard Ellis. Benjamin is also chairman of Beazer Group and Tesco Pension Trustees and deputy chairman of Lex Service.

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A fight has erupted over whether local authorities can force people to contribute to their home care costs, reports Roger Pearson Local authorities throughout the country are awaiting judgment in a case that could have widespread implications for the financing of community care services. The pending High Court decision by Mr Justice Popplewell follows the […]

Weil Gotshal spreads its wings

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is moving into three floors of the prestigious new Helicon building in the City to make room for the 120 UK lawyers it expects to have poached before 2000. Former Clifford Chance partner Maurice Allen, who opened the firm’s first City office in January last year has just recruited […]

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