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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: Herbert Smith gains PRC partner

Herbert Smith has hired as a partner the first Hong Kong solicitor who is also a People’s Republic of China citizen. The appointment of Jeremy Xiao will be made once registration formalities are concluded at the Law Society of England and Wales, and in Hong Kong.

Known conman gets certificate

The Law Society issued a practising certificate to a young lawyer just days after three prominent firms informed it he was a devious conman who had lied about his legal qualifications, it has been claimed. Jeffrey Doss-Lindsey was admitted as a solicitor on 3 April 1995 after he had duped Slaughter and May, White & […]

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Fawzie Zuberi, a trainee solicitor at the Blackwell Partnership in Harrow, is the winner of The Lawyer competition for a Canon personal copier. Zuberi wins a portable FCT30 copier worth £595.

Litigation Writs 26/11/96

The parents of a girl who was asked to leave her boarding school are suing the school for a term’s fees. David and Georgina Dawkins, of Maidstone, Kent, have issued a writ claiming £3,650 from St Michael’s School Limpsfield, of Limpsfield, Surrey, with interest of £51.20 and continuing interest of 80p a day. The writ […]

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Bird & Bird acted for Fairhold Homes in its acquisition of £10.7m worth of freehold interests in house managers flat rentals from McCarthy & Stone. Fairhold was funded by the GiroCredit Bank which was advised by Davis Arnold Cooper. Travers Smith Braithwaite advised McCarthy & Stone.

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