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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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The flotation of Australian volume personal injury firm Slater & Gordon on the Australian Stock Exchange in May firmly placed the debate surrounding external investment and partnership structure reform back on most firms’ agendas. Although the Legal Services Bill is still making its way through Parliament, several firms have already thrown their proverbial hats into […]

Gareth John: Transport for London

With a panel review taking place alongside the continuing developments for the 2012 Olympics, TfL legal head Gareth John has a marathon remit. By Malar Velaigam Transport for London’s (TfL) 42-strong legal team has had an eventful year. The team scooped the In-house Public Sector Team of the Year Award at The Lawyer Awards 2007 […]

OFT verdict sparks class action against BA

US law firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll has kickstarted class actions in the US and the UK against British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic for their roles in the price-fixing cartel. The news comes as Slaughter and May, which was flown in to advise BA on the UK and US investigation into price-fixing allegations, […]

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Taylor Wessing ‘s annual event, which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘liquid lunch’, took place on Friday 20 July. The firm’s annual waterski day, hosted, as usual, by senior partner Martin Winter, unfortunately suffered from the Noah-like conditions. Still, what’s a little rain when you’re in a wetsuit? Winter put the day […]

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