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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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Duncan Wiggetts reports on the BBC’s attempts to protect its reputation in sports broadcasting BBC v talkSPORT In an important decision in June, Justice Blackburne drew a line in the sand on the ambit of “protectable goodwill”. The learned judge did so by refusing to grant injunctive relief to the BBC to stop talkSPORT using […]

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Firms advising Kingfisher are facing a tense couple of months as the retail giant begins its first panel review for more than two years. The number of firms on the 10-strong panel is not expected to increase. But some firms could lose work, and even their place, when the review is completed in the autumn. […]

Joseph Tan merges with Koh & Choo

Joseph Tan Jude Benny, one of Singapore’s largest specialist shipping practices, is merging with corporate firm Koh & Choo. The newly-created practice will be known as Joseph Tan Jude Benny Anne Choo. Name partner Anne Choo will head the corporate group in the 35 fee-earner firm. Koh & Choo also gives Joseph Tan Jude Benny […]

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