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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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No more Mr Nasty Guy?

Anne Mizzi reports on Herbert Smith’s efforts to reposition itself as a corporate rather than litigation-centred firm. Herbert Smith – which elected head of corporate Richard Bond to senior partner last week – is, according to observers, the next likely candidate for a major transatlantic merger. The firm is known internationally for its litigation, but, […]

Rowe & Maw team wins China contract

Rowe & Maw has won its first case for the firm’s newly-established international regulation team. It is advising a consortium of more than 28 Chinese coke exporters, including Tianjin General Nice Coke & Chemicals company, one of the country’s biggest coke exporters. The combined group accounts for about half of the 300,000 tonnes of coke […]

It's been a good week for…

Dental hygiene. Lawyers have relentlessly pursued tobacco manufacturers for causing lung cancer to smokers, with little success. Now a new action is being launched along the same lines – by toothache sufferers against sweetie manufacturers. Eileen Catterson – a former Miss Scotland and girlfriend of former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow (above) – is […]

IT clients provide a risk e-business

Everyone knows of someone who has a third cousin of their sister’s brother-in-law who three months ago was a spotty-faced teenager only interested in Lara Croft but who is now worth £5m through involvement in an on-line gizmo brokerage or some such e-commerce project. In scenes reminiscent of the California gold rush, wagon trains of […]

Case of the week

Two gay Essex men became legal parents of surrogate twins when a Los Angeles court granted them both the right to be named as parents of Saffron and Aspen Drewitt-Barlow, who are due to be born to American Rosalind Bellamy in December. The parents Barrie Drewitt and Tony Barlow, whose application to adopt was rejected […]

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