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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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It does not seem like only five months since the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated, with much fanfare, into our domestic law. To a commercial or other civil litigator, human rights have already become a familiar feature of the legal landscape because of the number and variety of human rights points that have […]

Mayer Brown's asset finance team on the move again

Weiss joined the US firms only two years ago from construction specialist Masons, where he co-founded the project and asset finance group. He brings with him Dominic Spacie, who joins as a partner, and Francis Sergejew. But it is understood Steven Janes, who quit for Mayer Brown & Platt alongside fellow co-founder Weiss, is not […]

Blow away

It was a huge accolade, but for Herbert Smith partner Stephen Gale there was a sting in the tail. When he was nominated to be the president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI), it must have seemed as if he had reached a pinnacle. The SPI, the professional association of insolvency specialists comprising […]

Law Society acts on threats by Government

The Law Society is creating a compliance board to oversee its complaints procedure in response to threats from the Government to set up an independent supervisory body. Up to half of the board will be lay members appointed by the Master of the Rolls. The board will work on regulatory issues, including any problems with […]

THE ANORAK

The ruling that the killers of James Bulger will have their new lives protected from intrusion from the English and Welsh media was immediately pounced on by net-savvy lawyers who pointed out that the judgment could be rendered farcical if details of Venables’ and Thomson’s identities appeared online. Not only would such an event have […]

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