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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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CPS defends stance on Lawrence

SENIOR Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have stood by their decision to reject the Stephen Lawrence case despite last week’s committal to trial of two youths charged with the black teenager’s murder. They have warned that the test applied by magistrates in committing the defendants to the Crown Court is less stringent than that applied by […]

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Rowe & Maw clinches first Unilever deal

LONDON firm Rowe & Maw celebrated taking over property work for the Unilever Group by negotiating terms on the exchange of a subsidiary’s Bedford premises. The firm last month won the tender to supply legal services for all Unilever operating companies. Unilever’s in-house property solicitor Ralph Harwood retired and assistant Nicola Morris joined the firm. […]

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A case that develops the cause of multi-plaintiff litigation

Roger Pearson Since its emergence, multi-plaintiff litigation has charted a difficult and sometimes hazardous course. The recent £7 million settlement of the multi-handed Myodil action is, however, a result which has done much to establish the credibility of the group action system. Solicitor David Harris, senior partner at Alexander Harris, of Sale, Cheshire, masterminded the […]

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