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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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In brief: The Environmental Law Foundation

The Environmental Law Foundation has been awarded a £47,706 grant from Bridge House Estates Trust to support its advice and referral service. The grant follows a recent award of £144,202 from the National Lottery Charities Board. Both sums will fund outreach environmental projects in British cities. The foundation is also launching its own legacy scheme […]

Shearman's Paris chief deserts to Hammonds

FORMER Shearman & Sterling managing partner William Lee will this week join City firm Hammond Suddards. Lee, who managed the Paris office of the US firm, will take a consultative role in the corporate finance department as part of a strategic move to expand in the UK and internationally. He says: “Hammonds is a firm […]

Jersey aims to keep it clean

Jersey came under the spotlight recently when Sergei Dubinin, the former chairman of the Russian Central Bank, said that up to $50bn (u31.25bn) of foreign exchange reserves were “hidden” in one of the island’s offshore companies. The move, according to reports, was to prevent these Russian assets being frozen by foreign creditors. Dubinin’s statement comes […]

SJ Berwin makes fixed fees offer

SJ BERWIN is launching a new fixed-fee service for IP litigation work, which it says is the first of its kind. Called ALFA – Agreed Litigation Fee Arrangement – the new system was created by intellectual property partner Ray Black, who heads up the department’s litigation team. It will be used in contentious IP litigation, […]

In brief: The Government

The Government has launched a consultation paper proposing to allow married couples in Scotland to divorce in one year. At present, divorces can go through by mutual consent after two years, or five if one spouse dissents. The paper also proposes couples should undertake counselling or mediation, similar to that required in England and Wales, […]

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