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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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Dewey hire signals push into China

Dewey Ballantine has joined the ranks of law firms piling into China by hiring its first Beijing partner. The US firm has recruited Sharon Mann, a former senior director of the Trade Facilitation Office for the US Embassy in Beijing, as the first partner in its Beijing outpost. The office will advise clients on international […]

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Parents of unmarried children over 18 can now win compensation for clinical negligence The out-of-court settlement arrived at last month between a mother and an NHS trust following the death of her paranoid schizophrenic son while he was under the trust’s care will make it easier for victims to recover damages in similar cases. The […]

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Can Fleck reach the Gold standard at Herbies? As Herbert Smith’s new senior partner David Gold prepares to take office on 1 April, the inevitable question is: what role will practice partner Richard Fleck have under Gold’s leadership? Although Fleck stood against Gold unsuccessfully in last October’s senior partner elections, Herbert Smith claims that they […]

Clown court

For a spot of courtroom drama, all eyes turned last week to a battle of the titans. Two of the bar’s greats – Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC – are going head-to-head again in the battle of the vases: Taylor Thomson v Christie’s. Some of you may have missed the equally compelling viewing […]

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