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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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Upsetting the constitution

Last week the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) organised a conference to discuss the important issue of the future of legal services post-Clementi. An assorted bunch of solicitors, barristers, consumer group representatives and civil servants gathered at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands to listen to Lord Falconer’s keynote speech and then discuss it. […]

Thick as two court Yanks

Ah, the traditions of the English court system. Tulkinghorn was amused to hear of a recent Commercial Court shipping case where, after the usual toing and froing over where instructions should be sent and when the court would next convene, Mr Justice Cooke found it necessary to amend his language for any lawyers based on […]

Pinsents partner up on murder charge

A senior Pinsent Masons banking and finance partner has been charged with murdering his wife. A senior Pinsent Masons banking and finance partner has been charged with murdering his wife. Chris Lumsden was remanded in custody by Trafford Magistrates’ Court last week. He was arrested last week after his wife Alison Lumsden was found dead with stab wounds. […]

Child minders

The NSPCC’s power to take action puts it at the forefront of child protection. This is not something that the charity’s lawyers take lightly. Joanne Harris reports Among the hundreds of children’s charities operating in the UK today, the NSPCC holds a unique position. As the only children’s charity with statutory powers that enable it to […]

Baker Botts is rocked by successful $65.5m claim from wealthy heiress

A Texan jury has returned a $65.5m (£34.5m) verdict against Houston-based firm Baker Botts. The jury found that Baker Botts breached its fiduciary duty when it failed to disclose “all-important information” in relation to estate planning work for wealthy widow Kathleen Cailloux following the death of her husband. However, in the case of Kathleen C […]

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