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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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Carving up the matrimonial assets

The £9 million divorce pay-off to Maya Flick, ex-wife of Friedrich Flick of the Mercedes empire, recently became public in the Appeal Court. The level of the highest ever award in ancillary proceedings by our courts has been an open secret among divorce practitioners for a long time. But the profession is now waiting for […]

Slaughters tracks down charity's £6m

FIVE solicitors from Slaughter and May spearheaded an international investigation which traced nearly £6 million allegedly defrauded from the Salvation Army. Partner Richard Clark headed the London-based team which tracked the funds through 13 countries and also recovered £3 million in interest and costs. The operation involved 43 law firms worldwide, and in England 20 […]

Bullish market for commercial work

LAW firms are seeing a sharp increase in commercial work in contrast to legally aided or private client work. Nearly half the firms surveyed in accountants Grant Thornton’s 1995 Solicitors’ Inter Firm Comparison found that 1995 was more buoyant than previous years. Over a quarter of firms (28 per cent) saw a decline in legal […]

In brief: Law Soc warns of house transfer dangers

The Law Society has issued guidelines to solicitors stressing the need for comprehensive legal advice for older people considering giving their homes to relatives or friends. Many older people seek to transfer property to avoid paying the cost of residential or nursing home care in the future. However, the society warns there are a number […]

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