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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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Herbert Smith’s Brussels trade law team, headed by Craig Pouncey, is representing major Indian pharmaceutical companies in the first non-European anti-subsidies investigation by the European Commission (EC) since the implementation of the World Trade Organisation Anti-Subsidies Agreement in January 1995. The EC is investigating alleged subsidies granted by the Indian government to Indian manufacturers of […]

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THE ASSOCIATION of Women Barristers (AWB) has launched a bitter attack against the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, following his decision to ditch Labour’s pre-election pledge to establish a judicial appointments commission. In June, Lord Irvine had promised to consult over the possibility of setting up an appointments commission, but in a surprise announcement last week […]

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A recent series of mergers in the Australian legal market is a sign of ambition rather than a return of the volatility of the last recession, reports Patrick Stewart.P atrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Last month, Freehill Hollingdale & Page, a top Australian commercial practice consummated its marriage to Perth firm Parker & Parker, […]

NSW warns Govt over reforms

New South Wales Attorney General Jeff Shaw QC has warned the UK government not to act with haste or be overly influenced by public opinion in reforming the criminal justice system. Shaw, who is a Labour politician and his state’s top law officer, was invited to the UK to address the annual Doughty Street chambers […]

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