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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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Material difference other than sex justifying unequal pay British Coal Corporation v Smith & ors (1996). HL (Lords Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Steyn and Hoffmann) 22/5/96. Summary: Employer fails to discharge burden of proof that difference in pay between men and women employees was not because of the difference in sex. Appeal by British Coal Corporation […]

Only an independent judiciary can preserve constitutional freedoms

Commentators have expressed surprise at the election as president of the American Bar Association of a lawyer who openly opposes abortion and advocates the death penalty. But Lee Cooper, a partner at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama, says he wants to steer the ABA away from the social issues on which it has […]

Heald Nickinson duo enter insolvency arrangements

Two partners at Milton Keynes firm Heald Nickinson have entered into individual voluntary arrangements, but they say they have revitalised the firm’s fortunes by bringing in fresh blood. Tim Roberts and Gareth Pobjoy, as well as former senior partner Richard Swan, who has since left the firm, entered into individual voluntary arrangements in May because […]

In brief: Global head for Credit Suisse legal dept

The position of global head has been created at Credit Suisse Financial Products’ London legal department as part of a shake-up following the merger of two of Credit Suisse Holdings’ US subsidiaries in Boston. Eoin O’Shea is the new general counsel and global head of the department. He takes over from Stephen Greene, who becomes […]

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