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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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Date set for the Deacons-White & Case Hong Kong showdown

The controversial action by Deacons against White & Case and two of its former partners is due to be heard in the Hong Kong High Court next Monday (2 June). As revealed in The Lawyer (8 July), White & Case became embroiled in the court battle after it poached a highly-rated insolvency team from Deacons’ […]

Field Fisher merges property into single entity

Field Fisher Waterhouse has merged its two property groups into one. New head of property Moira Gilmour said the divisions, which saw the practice split into a hotels and leisure group and an industrial group, were largely historic. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 20 May

Gage slams lawyers for high costs

Claimant lawyers acting in the organ retention litigation were slammed in the High Court last week for overestimating the number of hours they would spend in preparation and during the trial. Lawyers led by David Harris of Alexander Harris, who are acting for the 2,100 claimants who have claims arising out of the alleged organ […]

TAG’s non-lawyered CFAs get Appeal Court backing

A scheme set up by The Accident Group (Tag), under which a non-lawyer handles conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), has been vindicated for the second time by the Court of Appeal. The fate of some 700 solicitor practices rested on the outcome of this decision. Had the CFAs been declared invalid by the judge, the firms […]

Legal alliance set to drop Ernst & Young from its title

The European legal network of Ernst & Young (EY) is considering a total rebrand that will drop its Ernst & Young title. The network, which is currently called the Ernst & Young Law Alliance, will drop the full name of the accountancy firm in a bid to avoid regulatory hurdles that beset it in many […]

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