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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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Time to shape up to the CLS challenge

A Community Legal Service will lead to a growing demand that solicitors serve the needs of the poor, and should be embraced, writes Anna Barlow. Anna Barlow is chief executive of Law For All, which is interested in assisting in the development of not-for-profit solicitor services. Telephone 0181 876 1237 for more information. Plans for […]

Dentons in French electricity deal

Electricite de France (EDF) is set to acquire 100 per cent ownership of London Electricity from Entergy Corporation for a cash payment of u1.39bn, advised by international law firm Denton Hall. Anthony Alexander, partner in the corporate group and joint leader of the purchase, commented: “Denton Hall has advised on a number of acquisitions of […]

Bagnall fails to halt possession order

The former chairman and chief executive of New Law Publishing, Kenneth Bagnall QC, has failed to stop a possession order over property owned by him, his wife and their company. Written submissions before the Court of Appeal said that Bagnall had fallen into mortgage arrears as a result of unexpected litigation (now stayed) involving two […]

Rich pickings in the Rainbow Nation

A growth of international activity in South Africa could prove a cash cow for corporate lawyers, writes Mike Yuille. South Africa is set to become the next major emerging market for UK corporate lawyers if a long-fought deal to boost trade between the country and Europe is concluded this month. The deal will create a […]

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