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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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Case of the week

The Court of Appeal is currently hearing a landmark case likely to lead to new guidelines on judges and conflict of interest. This means that the trend for judges to step down from cases – sparked by Lord Hoffmann’s (pictured) failure to disclose links with Amnesty International during General Pinochet’s appeal – may be nearing […]

Nothing like a Dame

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss ushered in the first ladies’ loo in the Court of Appeal, defends gay parents and is set to drag judges into the computer age. Claire Smith meets the new president of the Court of Appeal’s family division. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss arrives a few moments late for our meeting in […]

Osborne Clarke poaches HSBC deputy to build banking group

Osborne Clarke is poaching HSBC’s number two in-house counsel as part of a drive to set up a network of banking departments in its Bristol, London and Reading offices. Jeremy Cross is leaving HSBC Holdings’ headquarters in Hong Kong to run Osborne Clarke’s new banking department in its Bristol office, which he joins as a […]

It's been a good week for…

Cohabiting couples. Lord Irvine is ushering in divorce reforms which will give cohabiting relationships the same weight as marriage when it comes to dividing up a departing couple’s property.

This week

It’s bonanza week for employment lawyers and their clients as Lord Irvine’s reforms to employment tribunals kick in. As of 29 October, the cap on compensation for unfair dismissal cases rises from £12,000 to £50,000.

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