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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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Cash crisis and poor prospects for young Bar

Shaun Pye looks at the Bar Council report on overburdened student finance, and finds a profession unwilling to put its hands in its pockets to help. Let us start with the blindingly obvious. It costs a massive amount of money to train as a barrister. In a worst-case scenario, a non-law degree student will leave […]

German move for Pictons

West End firm Picton Howell has recruited German and English qualified Greg Davidian from the legal department of Scottish Amicable to head its German desk.

Herbert Smith follows A&O into Bangkok as crisis fades

Herbert Smith has become the second City firm in a week – along with Allen & Overy – to announce plans for a Bangkok office. Herbert Smith’s London-based spokeswoman said the firm hoped to have the office up and running in November. But she would not say how many lawyers would be sent to Thailand. […]

Looted art immune to limitation period

A ruling on the limitation period governing lost items has implications for the art and antiques world, writes Roger Pearson A High Court ruling leaves little doubt that those who put items of art up for sale and fail to research their background do so at their peril. The case, held during the summer vacation, […]

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