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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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Allen & Overy‘s former senior partner has resurfaced at investment bank Lehman Brothers. Bill Tudor John, who lost the position as A&O’s senior partner to head of corporate Guy Beringer in November last year, will become managing director and chairman of the European commitment committee at Lehmans. Tudor John left A&O after 33 years at […]

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Citibank Private Bank EMEA, part of Citigroup

Private bank Citibank has a very select clientele, drawn from a pool of high net worth clients which have a minimum of $3m (£2m) in the piggy bank. Bruce Hogarth-Jones is vice-president and legal officer of the bank’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division (EMEA) in which clients are drawn from 46 of the 118 […]

NatWest head of legal joins Creditweb

A National Westminster Bank head of legal has joined Creditweb as general counsel. Roger Tym, who has taken up the newly-created position, was previously senior solicitor and head of retail and services legal team at NatWest, where he was responsible for the legal side of corporate banking, mortgages, insurance, card services and e-commerce. Tym says […]

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Litigator's View

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Turner v Grovit has been hailed as having major implications for individuals working abroad. But the decision also affects any case where European proceedings are started as an attempt to harass a party to UK litigation. Turner brought Employment Tribunal proceedings in the UK. After these had started, his […]

Giving doctors the right treatment

There is little doubt that the recent highly publicised cases of Harold Shipman, Rodney Ledward and Richard Neale have greatly undermined public confidence in the means by which the medical profession regulates itself. The long procession of women in the Ledward and Neale cases photographed outside General Medical Council (GMC) hearings after years of suffering […]

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