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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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New recruit to rethink Bank of Ireland's UK legal panel

Bank of Ireland has expanded its UK legal department and plans to review its panel of outside law firms. The bank has recruited Matthew Lorimer to its UK legal team from Slough solicitors Harris & Cartwright where he was a commercial assistant. Previously the bank’s UK legal team had only one full-time lawyer, barrister Margaret […]

Debenhams legal chief joins food brand giant

Debenhams is losing its head of legal to Associated British Foods. High street retail company Debenhams’ general counsel and company secretary David Wilson is set to join food producer and processor Associated British Foods in December. Wilson will join the FTSE 100-listed company as its director of legal services and company secretary. He will report […]

Jessica Ross on the obligations of transferring employers.

Jessica Ross is a partner at Veitch Penny. The 1981 Tupe Regulations provide continuity of service for employees. Under Regulation 5, the transferee of a business inherits the rights and obligations of the previous employer. The regulations are designed to protect employees’ rights, but little thought appears to have been given to the effect of […]

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In brief: Barnett Alexander Chart

Barnett Alexander Chart has three new partners. Corporate and commercial partner Peter Bohm was a partner at Berrymans Lace Mawer. Commercial property partner Laurence Begner joins from Jay Benning & Peltz. Senior assistant Michael Scott has been made a partner in the PFI and projects department.

Dibbs signs lord to EC lobby unit

Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit. The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs’ clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission. Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the […]

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