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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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Law Soc forced into vote on changes after member protests

Law Society members are voting on a fundamental overhaul of the Society’s charter which could see non-lawyers become fee-paying, non-voting “associate members”. The ballot is set to conclude tomorrow but a number of solicitors are heavily opposed to the reforms, which they fear could dilute the body’s ability to represent solicitors’ best interests. The postal […]

The devil in the detail

The sheer volume and complexity of the contracts a typical company employs has made compliance a daunting undertaking and created the need for new ways of managing document risk. By John Berry Documentation risk is nothing new. But one aspect received relatively little attention in the financial markets before the credit crisis threw it into […]

Goodwin Procter lines up Heller London move

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Travers seconds new partner to Old Lady

Travers Smith has sent newly promoted partner Anthony Foster on secondment to the Bank of England (BoE). Foster, who was made up to partner in July, will spend sixth months at the bank before returning to Travers. He specialises in corporate finance and AIM flotations, which have all but disappeared in the current financial crisis. […]

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