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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has hit back at claims that it is considering scrapping the lay magistracy. It admits it has set up a research project to assess whether the current balance between the use of lay magistracy and Stipendiaries is correct but insists that the Government is committed to the principle of the […]

DLA takes on Garretts Leeds office

The news follows speculation that Garretts was to close its loss-making Leeds practice, as predicted in The Lawyer (23 October). The 31-fee-earner team joining DLA includes commercial and technology partner Richard Bonnar, transport partner Nick Painter and real estate partner Tim Field. For full story see The Lawyer on Monday 13 November.

The Anorak

Amsterdam and London recently played host to two very different conferences on new media technology. In the terribly hip and happening city of London, the big players met to discuss the future media, business and legal problems streaming media presents. And in Amsterdam, a bunch of artists, activists and anarchists hung around the trendier bars […]

PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987. Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 million, but the ruling was overturned. Many of the charges against PwC were thrown out but Standard was allowed to put in a claim of negligent […]

Ashursts take on German partner

Herman Schlindwein, who specialises in servicing sports clients at the Linklaters & Alliance’s German member firm, will bring the number of partners at Ashursts Frankfurt office to seven. Nick Angel, managing partner of Ashurst’s Frankfurt office, who took over the running of the branch in July from Graham Ward who returned to London, said at […]

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