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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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On 1 May 2004, 10 new member states joined the EU. As such, the date will be remembered as a further red letter day in the EU’s evolution, following the creation of the EU itself in 1995 and the full launch of the euro in 2002. The new member states are joining a developed legal […]

Separated at birth

Unconfirmed reports have come to Tulkinghorn that an errant judge has been found living in a cave on the plains of New Zealand. The judge, not to be confused with the Kiwis’ big new celebrity, Shrek the woolly Merino sheep, escaped from the UK court six years ago to eke out a hermit’s life on […]

SJ Berwin sustains more losses to Olswang

Olswang has taken another SJ Berwin lawyer, this time recruiting a film finance expert. SJ Berwin associate James Kay is joining Olswang where he will become a partner. Kay, on moving from Olswang, will be reunited with former SJ Berwin film finance partner Jacqueline Hurt. Since its inception in 1981, a plethora of lawyers have […]

Lovells chooses alliance strategy to crack SE Asia

Lovells is planning a series of strategic alliances in South East Asia, which it believes will open up the local market without the financial risk of opening offices in jurisdictions such as Thailand. The news follows Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s decision to close its Bangkok office and Denton Wilde Sapte’s announcement that it will pull out of Asia altogether. Lovells is […]

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