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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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In brief: The Channel Islands'

The Channel Islands’ largest law firm, Jersey-based Mourant du Feu & Jeune, has appointed the Treasurer of the States to act as its group finance director. George Baird has been treasurer since 1991, and as such his signature appears on every Jersey bank note printed for circulation. He will join the firm in June.

Trowers & Hamlins raises Oman stakes

CITY firm Trowers & Hamlins is moving to bigger offices in Oman as competition in the Gulf hots up. The move comes as Baker & McKenzie announced plans to open an office in Bahrain, as exclusively revealed last week in The Lawyer, and Denton Hall this week opened for business in Dubai. Nick Hills, Trowers […]

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Court of Appeal to decide the fate of unqualified assistants

A CLIENT who refused to pay a firm after he discovered an unqualified clerk was handling his case last week took his fight to the Court of Appeal. If he wins the case, it could have serious ramifications for unqualified assistants in law firms. Stuart Pilbrow claims that when he contacted East Grinstead firm Pearless […]

City demands opt-out measures

City lawyers are now demanding changes to SIF and are calling for measures which may effectively allow them to opt out of the fund altogether. Law Society president, Michael Mathews – who voted to scrap SIF – says he wants the monopoly to look at more flexible “deductibles”. A deductible is a set amount a […]

Scuffle of the week

US lawyer Michael Bidart is considering suing Richard Huber, the chief executive officer of Connecticut healthcare company Aetna, after Huber referred to him as a “skilful, ambulance-chasing lawyer”. Huber made the comments after losing a case and being ordered to pay US$120m to one of Bidart’s clients. Bidart says ambulance-chasing is “tantamount to unethical conduct. […]

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