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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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RTPR Allen & Overy has strengthened its competition, dispute resolution and IP practices with the appointment of Valentin Berea as partner, together with a team of three lawyers, based in Bucharest. Berea has won some of the most notable anti-trust litigation cases, including, together with his team, succeeding in obtaining in court the first significant reduction (of […]

No5 Chambers’ Tom Schofield prosecutes in cannabis production case

Tom Schofield of No5 Chambers has prosecuted Carl Berry, 51, and Baldev Deshi, 47, both from Langley, who have been found guilty of producing cannabis and possession of the drug with intent to supply. Berry has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years and Deshi has been given a one-year sentence. Tom Schofield, prosecuting, said police found […]

The public sector in-house revolution

The spotlight has returned to public sector in-house teams following the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s approval of the first two ABSs for county council legal teams. Last week Buckingham County Council became the first public sector legal department, in conjunction with Milton Keynes Fire Authority, to be licensed to provide legal services to local authorities, emergency […]

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CPS to take no action against ex-Times lawyer Brett in NightJack phone hacking case

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced that it will not take any action against former Times legal chief Alastair Brett, who had been facing allegations of perjury and perverting the course of justice related to phone-hacking at News International. In a statement released today (15 August), senior CPS lawyer Gregor McGill said: “In April […]

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