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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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When client confidentiality constitutes a crime

Lawyers could find themselves facing prosecution if they do not report suspicions of fraud among their clients. Keith Nuthall reports IF any professional legal malpractice could be labelled taboo, it would surely be breach of confidentiality, with all its consequences of undermining the basis of the solicitor-client relationship. But with the growth in sophisticated frauds […]

Martyn Gowar: Caretaker of a princess' estate

Philip Hoult talks to Martyn Gowar, the Lawrence Graham senior partner who found himself thrust into a media spotlight. While the media persists in referring to lawyers as “fat cats”, Martin Gowar, a solicitor they once vigorously pursued, is quite happy to label journalists as “intellectually lazy”. Gowar, the genial, sports-mad senior partner of City […]

Clifford Chance in Korean liberalisation drive

Clifford Chance is spearheading an attempt to lobby the South Korean authorities for liberalisation of the country’s legal market. Foreign firms are currently forbidden from establishing permanent offices in the country or practising local law. James Walker, head of Clifford Chance’s Korea practice which is based in Hong Kong, says the firm recently persuaded EU […]

It has been a good week for…

The Goldsmith Goal Setters, who conquered 12 other teams to win the Bar Sports Law Group five-a-side Charity Football Tournament. With an enviable 16 goals scored, but only three conceded – the case for the defence prevailing, presumably – and under the able management of Edith “senior clerk” Robertson, the team from Goldsmith chambers were […]

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