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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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St Philip's poaches local QCs

St Philip’s Chambers has responded to criticism in the local market by enhancing its commercial team with lateral hires from Birmingham rivals. The set is acquiring two commercial barristers, Jeremy Cousins QC and senior junior Simon Clegg, from 4 Fountain Court. Cousins is one of five Birmingham barristers made QC in this year’s silks list. […]

Valuation gets sent back to court

A judge’s calculation in a negligent property valuation case has been sent back for a closer look. Roger Pearson reports. A major property valuation dispute has been sent back to the High Court. The Court of Appeal has overturned a 1998 High Court decision by Mr Justice Wright in the case of Arab Bank v […]

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Hunt saboteurs. The European Court of Human Rights upheld the right to peaceful protest and overturned a UK court’s decision to bind over hunt saboteurs Joseph Hashman and Wanda Harrup for one year after they blew a horn and shouted at the Portman Hunt. The European court said the bind-over orders were a breach of […]

White & Case opens Palo Alto office

Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case’s New York base. The US […]

Sema seeks in-house legal chief

Global IT & business services group Sema is seeking a UK legal director to head its in-house team. The company, which has more than 17,000 employees, is reviewing which law firm to keep as its sole external adviser (The Lawyer, 15 November). But it is also addressing its internal legal department. Chief legal counsel and […]

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