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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: Wynnes swallows up Brighton practice

Twenty-one partner East Sussex firm Wynne Baxter Godfree has taken over the niche two-partner Brighton medical negligence practice Selwood Leathes Hooper. As part of the deal, Selwoods’ former senior partner Martin Costin will manage Wynnes’ Brighton office, which will be known as Wynne Baxter Godfree and Selwood Leathes Hooper.

Dame Porter likely to appeal if surcharged

Dame Shirley Porter’s appeal against the “homes for votes” surcharge may not be the end of the matter, reports Roger Pearson. Judgment may be given before Christmas in the case in which Dame Shirley Porter and former colleagues on Westminster City Council are challenging a £31.6m surcharge imposed on them by the district auditor. The […]

Can the UK do any better than the Americans?

A leading US lawyer has dexcribed the American experience of criminal defender contracts as “dismal”. UP UNTIL now, it has been the civil legal aid practitioners who have been in the government’s line of fire. But in his speech at the Solicitors’ Annual Conference in Cardiff in October, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, said he […]

In brief: Pinsents' recruit aims to develop practice

Construction law partner Jonathan Hawkswell has left Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Sheffield office to join Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. He will be charged with developing Pinsents’ construction practice. Hawkswell said: “There is the experience and resource here to represent clients in resolving their disputes commercially and effectively.”

Jersey training

Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier has opened a management and staff training division providing training courses for members of the island’s financial services sector. Ogier Compliance and Training will offer 14 training courses, run by members of the firm and some external experts – including Tim Herrington, head of Clifford Chance’s fund practice. Ray […]

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