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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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Bar raises fears of cherry-picking as Govt extends conditional fees

SHARP warnings from the Bar have greeted the Government’s indication it will expand the “no win no fee” scheme to include other areas of law – and may even consider a US-style contingency fees system. Speaking at a Policy Studies Institute (PSI) conference in London last week, Geoffrey Hoon MP, parliamentary secretary at the Lord […]

In brief: Herbert Smith advises PW on Coopers link

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In brief: Ex-merchant banker moves to Pinsents

Pinsent Curtis has appointed former merchant banker Michael Frank to its newly-created post of director of corporate client development, to help develop the business advice it provides to clients. Frank, who worked in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, was previously with NatWest Markets’ corporate finance office in Leeds, and left there […]

In brief: Rate hikes for conditional fee insurance

Insurance premiums for the Law Society’s Accident Line Protect (ALP) conditional fee insurance scheme are to rise from 1 October. ALP is to split its insurance scheme for personal injury work into a two-tier system, charging £95.68 for road traffic accident cases and £161.20 for all other PI cases. Previously, all premiums for PI work […]

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