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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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Five more leave Llewelyn Zietman for White & Case

Llewelyn Zietman’s IP practice is in disarray after the exodus of five more lawyers, who are following the firm’s co-founder David Llewelyn to White & Case, as revealed in The Lawyer (26 July). Llewelyn will lead the US firm’s IP practice in London. He will link up with White & Case’s Brussels office to head […]

Richard Taylor on disclosure documents and open justice.

Richard Taylor is a partner at Stringer Saul Practitioners are familiar with the implied undertaking of parties to litigation that disclosed documents may not be used except for the purpose of that litigation. Familiar too is the rule that the implied undertaking ceases to apply where a document is read or referred to in open […]

In brief: The Council of the Bar

The Council of the Bar of Ireland has appointed Liam McKechnie as its chairman. McKechnie replaces John MacMenamin who has served as chairman for the past two years.

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