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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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In brief: Geordie firms become Ward Hadaway

NEWCASTLE firms Ward Hadaway and Wheldon Houlsby & Scott have merged to become one of the biggest practices in the north of England. The merged firm, to be known as Ward Hadaway, will have a total staff of 190, including 30 partners, 57 other fee-earners, five chartered town planners and one chartered surveyor. The firm […]

Strangely familiar

To someone accustomed to working in the English Bar, the first impression of the Bar of Hong Kong is akin to gazing into a mirror and seeing the reflection of a stranger wearing one of your own suits staring back. The clothes fit, but the wearer is, undeniably, not you. As in England, the Hong […]

Scotland to woo the world with glossy marketing move

SCOTTISH lawyers have stolen a march on their English and Welsh rivals by producing a glossy brochure designed to drum up work from foreign businesses at the American Bar Association Conference, which will be held next month. The Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland joined forces to publish the 12-page brochure, called […]

Paul Lomas welcomes clarification of community law.

Paul Lomas is a partner at Freshfields. In Chequepoint v McClelland 6/6/96 (Phillips and Aldous LJJ and Bingham LCJ, still sitting as MR), the Court of Appeal expanded on the relationship between the Rules of the Supreme Court and the Treaty of Rome. The case concerned whether or not the treaty conflicts with order 23 […]

Litigation Personal Injury 09/07/96

King v Waltham Forest Health Authority – 14 June 1996 Claimant: Sarah King, 20 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant left in perfect physical health but severely mentally handicapped; normal life expectancy Award: £1.3 million (agreed damages) Judge: Mr Justice Morland Plaintiff’s solicitors: Field Fisher Waterhouse Plaintiff’s counsel: Robert Francis QC Hannigan v North Hertfordshire Health […]

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