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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 […]

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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?

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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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British Romanian seminar

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SJ Berwin sees last PFI partner leave

The clean-out of SJ Berwin’s private finance initiative (PFI) unit has been completed by the move of partner Geoff Haley to American firm Arnold & Porter. SJ Berwin took the “strategic decision” to close the unit in September, immediately losing staff to Devonshires, Clifford Chance and Berwin Leighton. Now Haley, whose background is project finance […]

Heaven knows he's miserable now

Young pop hopefuls must get early legal advice or face the bitter and costly courtroom fate of The Smiths, writes Roger Pearson. The value of getting early legal advice in business arrangements was illustrated in Joyce v Morrissey & ors, the recent Court of Appeal case involving ex-members of 1980s pop icons, The Smiths. A […]

Cripps assault charge upheld

A farmer who put up a sign claiming Cripps Harries Hall “ripped off” its clients has won £102,500 in damages after he was assaulted when the firm tried to pull it down. In the High Court last week Deputy Judge Nigel Wilkinson QC ruled that John Hoath had been unlawfully injured during the incident in […]

SIF's mediation support is vital

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. Opponents of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) are too quick to ignore the benefits that accrue with a compulsory fund. Take, for example, SIF’s promotion of mediation, which my colleagues and I estimate has […]

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