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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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Legal laughing stocks

Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King is a fan of the British legal system. After he won a court victory against fellow promoter Frank Warren, the shock-haired king of hype offered enthusiastic praise for our justice system. So one wonders what he will make of London firm Class Law representing English boxing fans seeking compensation over […]

Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

Six leading firms advising on Gucci power struggle

At least six top Dutch and US law firms are advising in the battle to control Italian fashion house Gucci. Gucci’s main lawyers are London-based partner Scott Simpson of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Peter Wakkie, corporate lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek – the Dutch member of Linklaters & Alliance. […]

Summit merges in-house teams for Woolf

MOTORING insurance company Summit at Lloyd’s has integrated its in-house and claims-handling teams. The merged team – called Just Law – is to be launched on 26 April in response to the Woolf Reforms. Hazel Hammonds, principal solicitor at Summit, says that by merging the teams the firm will be able to respond more quickly […]

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

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