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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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Litigator's View

As an independent law costs draftsman, my view of the fast-track experiment which runs from 1 October 1997 for one year is that these arrangements seem to be more for the benefit of the administration of the process and for the profit of the Taxing Office than for the benefit of the other parties involved. […]

Lords to hear Kueaiti appeal

The way has been paved for the House of Lords to probe the insurance position of Kuwaiti-owned aircraft and equipment damaged during the Iraqi invasion of the country. The Kuwait government and the national airline, the Kuwait Airways Corporation, launched action against Kuwait Insurance after 15 aircraft, spares and equipment were damaged during the invasion. […]

Uzbekistan first

Cameron McKenna partner Elena Kirillova, head of the firm’s CIS group, has become only the second foreign lawyer to qualify as a lawyer in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Kirillova, who has been working in Uzbekistan since 1993, said: “Advising foreign investors in this region requires a thorough understanding of local law and an ability to […]

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