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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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Hardwicke signs four new tenants

Hardwicke Building has poached four new tenants as the set embarks on a major expansion drive. The new appointments come at the same time as the set seeks family and criminal silks to head up the burgeoning practice groups. Chief executive Hilary Mundella, who joined the set in March, describes the move as the start […]

Will risk reforms need lawyers' help?

Charles Mayo, partner, Simmons & Simmons Richard Barham, partner, Wilde Sapte Nick Davies, head of c & c, Orchard UK-listed businesses must prepare for new proposals by the Turnbull Committee which threaten to turn their methods of reporting internal controls upside down. Companies must take a risk-based management approach to all threats to the company […]

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Aa global brands go, Shell is one of the most familiar. But its simplicity and immediacy belies a complex group structure spann ing oil and gas businesses in 130 countries around the world. Shell UK is the British arm of the business. But which business? The Royal Dutch/Shell Group consists of two parent companies. One, […]

Hairdresser Clarke to face High Court case

Roger Pearson reports on a row between hairdresser Nicky Clarke and his wife, and a firm with shares in the couple’s company. A legal battle in a complex shares row involving celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke and his wife Lesley is back on course for the High Court after being reinstated by the Court of Appeal. […]

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