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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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Lords decides on quotas

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords in a case focusing on the status of milk quota allocations attached to agricultural property if it is repossessed. A former Welsh farmer has challenged a bank’s rights to benefit from quota allocations when it took possession of his property. After the farm had been charged in […]

Gee leaves One Essex Court

Leading commercial lawyer Steven Gee QC is leaving One Essex Court to become head of chambers at 4 Field Court. The Bar has reacted with surprise at Gee’s decision to leave the set, which, with 59 tenants and 23 silks, is one of the top four commercial chambers in the country. The less well-known 4 […]

In brief: The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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Jeremy Hertzog on emails and anti-competitive behaviour

Jeremy Hertzog is a solicitor in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya. More than a year after the issue of libel proceedings, BG (formerly British Gas) last week paid Andrew Duffield and Exoteric Gas Solutions (EGS) the very substantial sum of £101,000 for defamation by email. Mr Duffield, ex-head of engineering at BG, […]

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