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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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Jonathan Goodliffe on deciding the venue for cases in the EU

The Brussels and Lugano Conventions set out a code dealing with jurisdiction issues between the courts of member states of the European Union and EFTA. The general rule under these conventions is that a plaintiff must sue a defendant in the defendant’s home court. One of the exceptions to this rule is article 8(2), which […]

Manchester chambers taking on London

Barrister David Berkley, of newly-opened Manchester set Merchant Chambers, has said that specialisation need not be the preserve of London chambers. Merchant Chambers, which opened its doors on 4 November, will focus on serving the business and banking communities and offer a greater degree of specialisation than existing Manchester common law sets. “We’re trying to […]

City firm markets its own Internet guide

CITY firm Fox Williams has successfully marketed a legal guide to the Internet by including an order form for the booklet on its Web site. The firm has so far received more than 100 orders for the booklet, called The Internet: a Legal Survival Guide for Business, written by its IT partner Nigel Miller. “We […]

The track to the top is getting tougher

The key message from the latest Michael Page/The Lawyer recruitment survey is very clear: career planning is essential from day one of a lawyer’s entry to the profession. No longer can lawyers sit idly by and simply hope that they make the partnership grade or get into industry if all else fails. On the partnership […]

A burning ambition

Alex Carter-Silk Alex Carter-Silk’s arrival at DJ Freeman six months ago has not gone unnoticed amongst the wags at the firm. The maverick fashion guru found himself spread across four pages of the most recent issue of the firm’s in-house magazine Unfettered News (of the World) under the headline “Known arsonist joins DJ Freeman. The […]

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