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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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Nigel Pleming

Matheu Swallow talks to the self-effacing Nigel Pleming QC about his new role as 39 Essex Street’s head of chambers. “Not bad for a couple of months work,” says Nigel Pleming QC on a run of form that has seen him involved in Pinochet, the battle over legal aid franchising and, most recently, successfully acting […]

Two partners quit Simmons property dept

Simmons & Simmons property partners John Stephens and John Mitchell have left the firm. Mitchell has gone to Gouldens as a full-time consultant after 15 years as a partner at Simmons and Stephens is understood to be talking to a number of firms. Mitchell says: “I think the emphasis in Simmons has changed and over […]

Bribery battle in Belgium carves law

A signpost ruling has closed defence loophole for those offering bribes to curry favour in business, writes Roger Pearson. A battle over bribery at the Port of Antwerp has set out new guidelines on how courts should treat employees who accept or tender illicit commissions. The Commercial Court judgment of Mr Justice David Steel is […]

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Moorhead James and Dibb Lupton Alsop helped kick off what is claimed to be the world’s first internet football lottery – Premiership Lotter-e. Sports and leisure firm Moorhead James advised the Football Society of Great Britain and Alladdin Lotteries on setting up the game, which has its first draw on Thursday (16 March). Moorhead James […]

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