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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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Minimum salary stays despite opposition

The mandatory minimum salary for trainee solicitors – £10,850 or £12,150 in central London – is to be maintained despite the objections of 70 per cent of the respondents to a consultation paper sent out to the profession. The Law Society council voted by a large majority last Thursday to maintain the minimum salary and […]

The year of discontent

Things were starting to look up in 1996. UK law firms reportedly made more money this year than ever before thanks to a strong economy. But despite the fact that assistant solicitors’ salaries increased by 5 to 10 per cent and top firms appointed more partners than usual, the profession was rife with discontent. A […]

Robert Wegenek on the protection of TV programme formats.

The DTI recently announced that it will not seek to extend copyright protection to television programme formats. This was welcomed by the advertising industry trade press. The effect of the DTI statement is to retain the status quo which, legally, is not particularly favourable to advertisers. Neither parody nor satire is a defence to an […]

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Fladgate Fielder acted for Regal Hotel Group in its £64.5m purchase of 13 hotels from Whitbread, represented by Field Fisher Waterhouse. Freshfields advised Salomon Brothers, which gave financing, and Gouldens acted for Guinness Mahon, which underwrote an equity placing for Regal to part-finance the deal.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/06/97

Robert Ian Corteen, 42, admitted 1985, practising at material time in partnership of Lewis & Dick of Ewell and Sutton, struck off and ordered to pay £980 costs. Allegations substantiated he was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in July 1996 of 10 counts of procuring execution of a valuable security by deception, and was jailed […]

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