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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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B&M to set up UK insolvency group

Baker & McKenzie is setting up its first corporate recovery division in the UK. Jeremy Goldring, an insolvency partner who joined the firm from Dibb Lupton Alsop (The Lawyer, 9 August), is spearheading the move. Goldring plans to recruit partners from finance, corporate, dispute resolution and other departments which fall under the insolvency umbrella. He […]

Lord Chancellor to crack down on use of QCs

Lord Irvine says he plans to introduce much tighter new criteria into the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations which must be met before an application to increase or alter the number or seniority of advocates is made to the Crown Court. In future, he says, it must be shown that the case warrants the assignment of […]

Herbert Smith Bangkok hires first Thai lawyer

Herbert Smith’s Bangkok office has hired its first Thai partner. Top corporate lawyer Kowit Somwaiya joins the office from his own firm, George & Kowit, where he was senior partner. He joined Herbert Smith last Monday and will be followed by a team of two or three assistants. He will concentrate on financing, restructuring, banking […]

Appeal Court action for SIF

The Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund must go to the Court of Appeal in a compensation battle against a property developer. The move follows a payout made in a claim in respect of a property venture between the developer and a solicitor. The Court of Appeal set aside a £304,777 High Court award for damages and interest […]

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