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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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Judgments Three Rivers District Council & ors v Governor & Co of the Bank of England sub nom Same v Same (3) (22/3/01) HL Lords: Steyn, Hope, Hutton, Hobhouse and Millett The claim that officials in the Bank of England were guilty of the tort of misfeasance in public office was sufficiently pleaded for the […]

Hall takes over at Gordons Cranswick

Leeds-based Gordons Cranswick has shaken up its management structure by appointing a new senior partner. The role, which up to now has been split between two people, will be taken on by litigation partner John Hall. Former incumbents Richard Wilson and David Coates are quitting the partnership to take up consultancy roles with the firm. […]

Clifford Chance ousts City rivals for Lloyd’s online work

Clifford Chance is advising Lloyd’s of London on setting up its online market after pitching against longstanding adviser Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) for the work. Clifford Chance has won out against its magic circle rivals even though it has not done a great deal of work for the client in the […]

Crystal demands £10m as Thyssen trial crashes

Baron’s legal team threatens to sue Bermuda government as judge in three year case quits over pay Lawyers acting for Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza in the £1.2bn dispute have threatened the Bermuda government with a demand for Bermuda B$15m (£10.7m) compensation following the collapse of the trial last Wednesday. Geoffrey Bell QC of Bermudian firm […]

Digest

Hardwicke Building, the chambers of Nicholas Stewart QC (left), has been joined by Christopher Bayliss of One Inner Temple Lane. Called in 1986, Bayliss specialises in employment and motor industry law. The employment team now has 10 members. The arrival of Bayliss continues the chamber’s strategy of strengthening its specialist teams by selective recruitment.

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