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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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Landwell makes move on Hungary through local link

Landwell, the legal arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, is attacking the Hungarian market by linking up with local firm Dezso Reti & Antall. The alliance, which will allegedly create Hungary’s largest firm, is the accountant’s third foray into eastern Europe after setting up links with firms in Poland and Russia. The Budapest-based firm hopes to boost its […]

Corporate killing law misses the mark

Mark Tyler believes that the new corporate killing offence has little to do with health and safety. The government has finally revealed its proposals for overhauling the intricate law of manslaughter. The result is a sub-division of different offences of killing involuntarily, with a special formulation for “corporate killing”. The proposal is based substantially on […]

Rio Tinto

This year has been a positive one for Rio Tinto. The mining giant, which has a dual listing in the UK and Australia, has strengthened its business by acquiring the remaining stake in alumina and aluminium producer Comalco. Rio Tinto already holds a 72.4 per cent stake in the company but the purchase of the […]

Case of the week

Not since the break-up of AT&T in 1982 has a company faced a death sentence, but last week Bill ‘why’s everybody always picking on me’ Gates saw a US federal judge order the execution of Microsoft. As expected, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that Microsoft be split in two and imposed sweeping curbs on its […]

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