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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: Lawyer joins Horlick at new subsidiary

Robert Guest is to join Societe Generale Asset Management’s (SGAM) new UK subsidiary as its head of compliance and legal. Guest, who joins from domestic asset management firm Johnson Fry Holdings, where he has been for three years, will be responsible for setting up new funds and getting authorisation from the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation […]

Surviving the Bre-X scandal

The recent scandal involving Bre-X, a junior Canadian mining company that claimed to have found the world’s largest gold deposit in Indonesia, sent shock waves through the Canadian investment community. At risk was Canada’s international reputation for mining expertise, and its position as the leading market for mining investment and finance. In the days immediately […]

In brief: Withers expands into KPMG's property

City firm Withers has announced it is taking over two more floors of 70 Fleet Street from KPMG. The firm, based in Gough Square behind Fleet Street, previously occupied the third floor but has decided to “bank the extra space for future expansion”. Withers will pay £25 per square foot for the space with the […]

In brief: Law Soc to survey views on conveyancing

Solicitors are being asked this month whether they want the Law Society to amend its regulations to restrict conveyancing solicitors in acting for both lenders and borrowers. The Law Society’s policy committee has issued a questionnaire to all firms asking them to choose between four options: leaving the rules as they are; amending them so […]

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