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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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Project financing

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Walker joins bench

FOUNTAIN Court chambers has lost one of its most experienced tenants to the High Court. Tim Walker QC was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division earlier this month. He is a specialist in aviation, arbitration, commercial law, professional negligence, insurance and re-insurance.

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CPS halts Beccle case probe

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided to take no action against Geoffrey Beccle, the former London solicitor who was arrested in January 1995 on suspicion of property frauds totalling more than £1m. Beccle was investigated for a series of alleged swindles involving former clients and four leading mortgage lenders. His activities remain the subject of […]

In brief: Manches & Co puts end to BCCI battle

The five-year legal battle by 2,000 former BCCI employees, mainly represented by Manches & Co, has ended after the firm secured $70m in return for fees estimated at just under £1m. The BCCI Campaign Committee will pay the legal costs of four firms it has employed since 1991 out of the settlement made by the […]

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