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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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Testing compensation levels

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are “no longer fair and reasonable”. Eight test cases involving a spread […]

Mediators offer little value

Marion Simmons QC argues that lawyers possess the skills necessary to have a structured discussion between themselves, their client and the other parties without requiring the intervention of a mediator to reach a compromise. Marion Simmons QC practises at 3/4 South Square. Is a decision by a judge always the best way to resolve a […]

Lariam claims discontinued

I refer to the claims section of the 21 February edition of The Lawyer on page 25. You report that a woman named Rebecca Shaw has launched proceedings against her doctor and Roche Products in connection with the anti-malarial drug Lariam. However, Shaw discontinued her claim approximately two years ago. What has happened is that […]

Scuffle of the week

Cherie Booth v The Mail on Sunday. Booth certainly knows which friendly judge to phone at 2am, managing to get an early morning injunction to stop the Mail on Sunday presses and force the paper to try and retrieve 1.5 million copies that had already been printed. The injunction bans the Mail on Sunday from […]

Daniel Lightman on the university breach of contract case. Daniel Lightman, acting for Fishel, is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers.

Before his resignation in 1997 Dr Simon Fishel was a world-renowned clinical IVF embryologist and scientific director of the University of Nottingham’s infertility unit, where he was responsible for the unit’s embryologists. While employed by the university, Fishel carried out paid treatment work abroad, sometimes using embryologists from his unit. Each of their employment contracts […]

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