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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 launches unprecedented attack on Manzoor

The Law Society has hit back at one of its harshest critics the Legal Services Ombudsman and the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor. The leadership of the Law Society has united and taken the unprecedented step of issuing a press release rounding on Manzoor, who said that “The Law Society itself is letting down […]

Opinion

From today, divorcees will be responsible for their own legal costs unless exceptional cases arise Today (3 April) signals a major shift in the court’s approach to making costs orders following contested financial applications in divorces. From now on, each divorcing spouse will have to use their own assets to pay their legal costs. This […]

World Bank hails UK investor protection regime but it trails New Zealand and US

Investors in the UK are protected from insider dealing by corporates better than other European investors – but regulation is lagging behind jurisdictions such as New Zealand and the US. A three-year survey of global investor regulation carried out by the World Bank and law firm network Lex Mundi has revealed that New Zealand has […]

Quartet advise on £1bn Virgin Mobile takeover

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Herbert Smith are celebrating after advising on NTL’s £962.4m ($1.62bn) recommended takeover of Virgin Mobile. The cash offer of 372p per share, or a mixture of cash and shares, will be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement and is scheduled to […]

Duane Morris looks to Singapore for growth

Philadelphia-based Duane Morris is planning to open an office in Singapore in the next 12 months in a move that will give the firm its second international office. This is the firm’s first move into the Asian market and marks its growing ambitions at home and abroad. The office will be led by Eduardo Ramos-Gomez, […]

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