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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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Linklaters acts for BP in liquid gold takeover

Oil is indeed turning out to be liquid gold for Linklaters. The firm is acting for BP Amoco in its proposed u15bn-plus takeover of US oil group Atlantic Richfield (Arco). The deal, announced last week, will be the second huge transaction Linklaters has worked on for BP in under a year. The firm acted for […]

New insurance for PI cases

Lawyers are welcoming a legal insurance firm’s new conditional fee policies which cover pre-proceedings disbursements in personal injury cases – even if a case is abandoned before it reaches court. A spokesman for Essex-based Amicus Legal says he believes that it is the only company offering policies on a case-by-case basis, which will cover the […]

Exiles seek redress from the Government

Roger Pearson reports on how the actions of the British Government 30 years ago may come back to haunt it today. The Government is facing a potentially embarrassing confrontation over human rights in the High Court with accusations that it “rode roughshod” over the rights of islanders from the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. […]

Thompsons opens two new offices in expansion drive

Thompsons is dramatically expanding its practice size and scope – three months after a radical shake-up which saw 11 equity partners leave the firm. The trade union and personal injury firm is opening offices in Teesside and Plymouth. Plans for a further office will be announced next month. The number of partners at each office […]

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