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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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Deacon petition gets thrown out

A BANKRUPTCY petition against Merseyside solicitor David Deacon has been has been rejected by the court. And now the founder of Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG) has issued a writ against creditor NWS Trust for malicious presentation of the petition. Deacon, who left in 1992 when the partnership was dissolved, had argued that he […]

Top firms cash in on Barings' crash

City banking lawyers were working around the clock to advise worried institutions after the collapse of Barings, London’s oldest merchant banking group, which crashed after losing more than u700 million on derivatives contracts. Literally hundreds of City clients were clamouring for legal advice at every top law firm following the failure by the Bank of […]

Australian judge trains Scots 'devils'

AUSTRALIAN judge Mr Justice Hampel QC headed a training event for would-be members of the Scottish Bar at Edinburgh’s Faculty of Advocates. Hampel, a judge in the Victoria Supreme Court, instructed the faculty’s pupil advocates – known as “devils” – in skills including examination in chief, cross examination and speeches to judge and jury. Training […]

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