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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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Dress codes and discrimination claims

By Nabila Mallick Dress codes in the workplace are not uncommon. Most employers have a certain standard of dress in the workplace, whether enforced through contractual terms or through customary practices. More recently, we have seen informal advice given by senior solicitors to new female recruits at Berwin Leighton. The advice was addressed specifically at […]

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Former Cobbetts partner launches German boutique

A former partner in Cobbetts’ Birmingham office is launching a boutique firm close to Frankfurt in Germany. Jan Becher was a partner in Cobbetts’ commercial team in Birmingham between 2005 and 2011, running the firm’s German desk (18 January 2005). More recently, he spent a year and a half as corporate counsel at watchmaker Swatch […]

RICS beyond retail — how to reverse the negative trend on the high street

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published an information note entitled ‘High Streets — Beyond Retail’, which looks at the decline of retailing on the high street and in town centres and proposes possible solutions to help reverse the negative trend. The aim of the information note is to provide guidance to surveyors on […]

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Recession still casts its shadow

Remember the depths of the economic gloom back in 2009, when barely a week went by without a law firm announcing big redundancies? Merger activity plummeted, the real estate market ground to a halt and, while there were plenty of predictions of a slew of disputes, there just wasn’t the money around to pay the litigators.  […]

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