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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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'Crazy' accounting proposals will hit profit share schemes

Many companies will abandon employee profit-sharing schemes that pay bonuses in shares if they have to follow the Accounting Standards Board’s “crazy” new accounting proposals, say solicitors specialising in the schemes. Representatives of around 70 solicitors belonging to the Share Scheme Lawyers Group have written to the Accounting Standards Board asking it to scrap proposals […]

Simmons to lose Hong Kong partner to Andersens

Simmons & Simmons has lost one of its partners in Hong Kong to the new law firm being set up by Arthur Andersen in the region. Julia Charlton, a corporate partner will help set up the Andersen-linked law firm which will be headed by Garrett & Co partner Justin Ede. It has not been decided […]

Fast track gets piloted after U-turn by Woolf

Lord Woolf has indicated that his proposed fast track for cases in the county courts will be piloted after all, despite his initial objections. Despite constant lobbying from the Law Society, the Legal Action Group, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and other professional bodies, neither Lord Woolf, nor the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay had […]

A knight into battle

Sir James Goldsmith is heading for a High Court libel confrontation with Euro MP Glyn Ford. Sir James is seeking damages from Ford over a piece headed “Today your love, tomorrow the world” which appeared in Tribune at the beginning of the month and another piece headed “Fears over nasty link to Sir James” which […]

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