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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Saving arbitration from litigation's costly fate

Richard Freeman says a new fixed-cost arbitration scheme will benefit lawyers. Richard Freeman is a forensic accountant and an arbitrator. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has launched an initiative known as the London Scheme Arbitration. The London Scheme allows arbitrators to tell parties in advance the maximum amount of costs which they will be able […]

Amstrad legal ace goes to Hammonds

Amstrad’s head of legal, Richard Hastings, is to join Hammond Suddards’ London office at the end of October and is taking a $200m lawsuit with him. Hastings is organising Amstrad’s on-going legal action against US computer components company Western Digital Corporation and is likely to be kept busy until the middle of next year. Amstrad […]

In brief: Trade union legislation not feared by bosses

British bosses do not regard the Government’s proposed legislation on trade union recognition as a threat, an Osborne Clarke-commissioned MORI survey has found. Seventy per cent of 140 directors and senior managers in facilities management, financial services and transport businesses rated highly their unions’ ability to see management’s point of view.

UK firms top EU IP league

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