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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 […]

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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?

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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In brief: Law Society stages international event

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Gouldens advised Artesian Estates on the acquisition of ground rent companies owned by, among others, John Ritblat, MD of the British Land Company. The ground rent companies own over 23,000 residential properties. The initial consideration of £2,061,000 was satisfied by the issue of 2,397,000 new ordinary shares.

Rhodes bows out at Dibbs

PAUL Rhodes, managing partner of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and one of the profession’s most talked-about lawyers, surprised partners last week by deciding to step down on 31 December. He is due to retire from the firm in 16 months. Often caricatured in the press as the pugilistic handler of a pack of rottweilers, the Cambridge-educated […]

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