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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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Amnesty International wins concessions from Government over advertising

Amnesty has withdrawn its complaint over the ban to the European Court of Human Rights after the Government promised to reconsider the human rights organisation’s case. The Government conceded that Amnesty had suffered loss of income because of the ban and agreed to pay the body “an appropriate sum”. The Government wants the prohibition on […]

THE ANORAK

Bandwidth is one of those words guaranteed to turn any member of an IT department into a car mechanic, sucking their teeth, shaking their head and saying, “big job… going to cost ya… not easy” and suchlike. But as firms race to add the latest high-tech fad to their operation and their marketing literature, it […]

Celtic uprising

Ireland The “Celtic tiger” is still roaring. Or so it seems for Irish law firms both north and south of the border. According to everybody in the industry, there is no let-up in the work and the pressure is now on the individual firms to keep up with the pace of demand. The main effect […]

BAE Systems

BAE Systems sells 395-acre site to Redrow Group for urban village development. BAE Systems advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Adrian Dear, Richard Vernon and Melanie Jordan). Redrow advised by Hill Dickinson.

Martineau Johnson/ Mills & Reeve merger off

After months of intensive talks, the 53-partner firm Mills & Reeve – which has offices in Cambridge, Birmingham, Cardiff and Norwich – and 34-partner Birmingham based Martineau Johnson decided there was “insufficient synergy” between the two to make a merger possible. Martineau’s managing partner, David Gwyther says: “There is a good deal of mutual respect […]

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