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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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Three cheers for the Competition Bill

Lawyers should be welcoming, not attacking the competition Bill which is currently going through Parliament, says competition partner Marija Danilunas. Marija Danilunas is a partner in Hammond Suddards IP/ competition law group. A recent study found that 58 per cent of lawyers and 63 per cent of economists believed that the new Competition Bill ‘would […]

Shipping insurers complain over costs

AN INTERNATIONAL group of ship owners has accused the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA) of inconsistencies in the way it awards costs during mediation disputes. The Swedish Club, a mutual insurance group for ship owners, claims the problem could threaten London’s position as the first choice dispute resolution centre for international ship owners. The London-based […]

Discrimination & Privacy. IP laws protect Di's letters

Possession may be nine-tenths of the law, but not in the case of Princess Diana’s love letters. Bina Cunningham discovers how her ‘literary works’ remain protected by law. Bina Cunningham is a partner at Willoughby & Partners. James Hewitt was free to read and even destroy the letters Diana wrote to him, but that is […]

Addleshaws loses top insolvency team to niche Manchester firm

LEADING insolvency lawyer Shan Spencer has defected from Addleshaw Booth & Co to niche corporate practice Chaffe Street in Manchester, taking a team of three assistants with her in the process. Spencer left Addleshaws, where she was head of corporate recovery and insolvency, before Easter and is expected to start at her new firm on […]

Partners mobilise

The increasing mobility of partners must make any managing partner wonder if there is ever again likely to be any stability in firms. Every week we carry news of the latest defections, and recruitment consultants tell us it is a trend which is escalating rather than abating. For those firms that have invested time and […]

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