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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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Lovells mounts mass Euro recruitment drive

Lovells has initiated a full-scale European recruitment drive as it takes on three new partners to strengthen its corporate and finance departments in Paris. M&A and stock exchange partners Gilles de Poix and Olivier de Précigout join from Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Coudert Frères respectively. Finance partner Jacques Bertran de Balanda joins from Clifford […]

The Sweetest Feeling

Global trade issues, particularly involving food, are never really straightforward. Kelly Harrison talks to someone who is- head of legal at Tate & Lyle Robert Gibber takes a direct approach to a complex remit Tate & Lyle refines sugar for retail and industrial use in five continents. Its largest operations are in the UK and […]

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Bar Council under fire over ageism proposals

Proposals by two Bar Council committees to ban discrimination against pupil and tenant applicants on grounds of age have been slammed as “unworkable” by the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). The proposal, included in a report by the bar’s professional standards and equal opportunities committees, says that anecdotal evidence shows that a substantial number of chambers […]

Ethical insurance?

“Let’s be very careful not to tar Accident Line Protect (Alp) and other professional providers of legal services with the claims manager’s brush,” says James Innes, chairman of Abbey Legal Protection, the insurance agent behind the scheme. In actual fact, the current furore over claims management companies has given Alp, the Law Society-endorsed conditional fee […]

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