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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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Held in contempt

News of astonishing developments in the courts has reached Tulkinghorn. Having already done away with some of the historical anachronisms that so frustrate modern practitioners, Lord Woolf (below) now seems to attract innovative court practice wherever he goes. Sitting with colleagues Messrs Lord Justice May and Parker a couple of weeks ago, Woolf encountered a […]

Burroughs Day sets up biotech unit

Bristol firm Burroughs Day has launched a specialist biotechnology acquisition and intellectual property (IP) unit. The new division was born out of the firm’s relationship with Bristol pharmaceutical start-up Hunter-Fleming. Corporate partner Martin Ryan and assistant Marc White aim to grow the unit’s client base by offering specialist advice in securing corporate finance, dealing with […]

4 Breams Buildings silk moves to Blackstone

Local government and planning set 4 Breams Buildings has lost highly-rated public and planning silk John Howell QC to leading public law and commercial set Blackstone Chambers. Howell’s decision to join Blackstone despite having a strong public and planning practice will come as a surprise for most. Senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings Stephen Graham […]

…and promotes Lippell to head of corporate finance

Leading regional firm Addleshaw Booth & Co is overhauling the management of its corporate finance group. Incumbent Jonathan Shorrock is stepping down in May to be replaced by highly-regarded corporate finance partner Sean Lippell. Shorrock will return to fee-earning full time after three years as manager of the group. He has a range of big-name […]

Hugh James launches sports dept

South Wales firm Hugh James Ford Simey has set up a specialist sports law department. Existing clients include sprinters Colin Jackson and Linford Christie and boxer Nicky Piper. The firm’s work for the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales Millennium Stadium has included the contract work to build the stadium, securing the 1999 Rugby World Cup […]

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