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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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In brief: Aviation lawyer advises Eastern bloc

Specialist aviation lawyer Mike Butler, a consultant with Crawley firm Burstows, is steering the development of aviation law in the Eastern bloc. Butler is part of a team advising the Ukraine ministry of transport on regulating the airline industry and developing aviation regulations. The Lithuanian ministry of transport is using Butler’s advice on implementing a […]

Insolvency society gets solicitor as its president

ALLEN & Overy insolvency lawyer Gordon Stewart is the first ever lawyer-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency. Stewart takes over from Colin Bird, a partner at accountants Price Waterhouse, who stood down earlier this month. Stewart said: “My appointment as the first non-accountant president illustrates the broad church that SPI has become and […]

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Your article ‘How infallible is the expert’s voice’ (The Lawyer 12 March) brings to the fore a matter of serious concern, namely the lack of professional guidelines for those who offer their services as an expert although they have may not the expertise and/or independence to carry out the task to the high standard required. […]

QBD jury cases pending

Pending jury trials in the Queen’s Bench Division include: Flavin v Gould; Brown v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis; Christie v News Group Newspapers; Executive Telecommunications v British Telecommunications; Ludford v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. All cases are marked to be heard not before the new legal term on 16 April.

Litigation Recent Decisions 16/04/96

Bank’s breach of duty fails to result in recoverable loss Michael John Cunnington v Barclays Bank (1996). QBD (Potter J). Summary: Bank’s breach of duty in failing to notify its customer of a fax from a prospective buyer of cigarettes in Eastern Europe did not render it liable in damages to its customer. Claim by […]

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