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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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Deal gets Meek touch

Corporate partner Charles Meek led a Macfarlanes team in one of the largest and most complex venture capital led buy-outs in recent times. The deal involved Safetynet, the fast-growing disaster recovery business, valuing the business at u85m. “The complex part was in putting together four different deals for four vendor groups – all of which […]

Hays DX feels the heat as 25 firms take action

AN INCREASING number of law firms are investigating their invoices from legal postal service Hays DX amid allegations of over-charging. There is widespread concern after The Lawyer exclusively revealed that David Ballard, director of cost-reduction specialist BCR Associates, found savings for law firms on almost 100 occasions over the past five years. A Hays spokeswoman […]

In brief: Linklaters & Paines

Linklaters & Paines has helped Waterloo Real Estate to victory in the notorious Knightsbridge Wall case after it was dismissed from the Court of Appeal. Waterloo was declared owner of the seven-metre stretch of wall through adverse possession since the 1950s. The decision now enables the company to continue with the construction of the Normandie […]

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