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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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Brand and deliver?

Faced with increasingly demanding clients in a highly competitive market, many law firms are turning to branding. But, can rebranding exercises really improve a firm’s fortunes? Maybe. Sean Farrell explains. The letters page hummed with dissent last month following editor Sean Brierley’s attack on the marketing industry’s obsession with “the power of the brand” (The […]

Songs that sound the same

Liverpool-based Produce Records are taking BMG Entertainment International UK to court, claiming that BMG’s release of the dance record Macarena by Los del Rio breaches copyright of a record called Higher and Higher by The Farm, and released by Produce. In its argument to have the claim struck out, BMG contended that under copyright law, […]

International firms set to benefit from new EC work rules

International firms could benefit from proposals to cut the red tape governing the employment of non-European Union workers from EU countries. The European Commission has proposed that non-EU citizens should be able to apply for a card, which would be valid for 12 months, guaranteeing their right to work throughout the EU. Under the present […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers merges with Dunhill Madden Butler

The merger comes just two months after Dunhills in Sydney saw a mass exodus of 27 partners and 125 lawyers to the legal branch of PWC. And earlier this month, David Nathan, the managing partner Dunhills’ Melbourne office who was charged with rebuilding the embattled firm, defected to Baker & McKenzie to head up its […]

Litigation Personal Injury 15/2/99

Ward v Hutchins (1999) – QBD (Alliott J) 1 February 1999 Plaintiff: Female, married, 51 years old at date of accident; 58 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff was driving along the A281 at Cowfold, when the defendant, who was travelling in the opposite direction, swerved onto the wrong side of the […]

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