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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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It's been a good week for…

Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt, represented by Harkavys, who has won his battle to keep 64 love letters she sent to him after bringing legal action. London firm Lawrence Graham acted for the Princess’s estate. The Law Society, which has been allowed by the Government to continue regulating immigration solicitors, despite one former Chancery […]

Quote of the week

“Auditors are the ones who, after the fighting is over, go around the battlefield bayonetting the wounded. It’s usually their own side that they bayonet.” – Sir John Banham, chairman of Kingfisher Group, addressing Dibb Lupton Alsop’s annual cocktail party.

Chancery courts the future

While the High Court continues to persist with the ancient Chancery Court and Queen’s Bench Divisions, many argue that, ultimately, only one will survive. On the battlefield of legal services reform, the Chancery and its barristers are fighting hard to defend their territory and, for now at least, they appear to be winning. The Queen’s […]

Linklater in tribute to former partner

LINKLATERS & Alliance has paid tribute to former senior partner Ferrier Charlton, who has died aged 75. Charlton was senior partner at the City law firm from 1985 to 1988. He helped to set up the Eurobond market in the 1960s and later advised the Thatcher government on the privatisation of British Telecom in 1984. […]

SPC stalwart decides to go it alone

Tony Bogan, the man who urged other solicitors to band together to form solicitors property centres, has finally set one up on his own. Bogan, former operations director of the Solicitors Property Centre, has relaunched his London estate agency as Barber & Company Solicitors Property Centre. It will offer estate agency, conveyancing and financial services. […]

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