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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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A predicted bonanza for film finance lawyers hangs in the balance as an actors strike in the US threatens to spread to Europe. New guidelines for the potential Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike pose a serious threat to film finance lawyers, who were expecting to benefit from a temporary shutdown in Hollywood. SAG is ordering […]

Opinion

On 28 February, the Law Society debated reforms for self-modernisation, including a five-year strategic plan to promote solicitors as belonging to an independent and effectively regulated profession. The absurdity of the Law Society, in the face of a changing world, continuing to regulate only solicitors and not lawyers generally, is demonstrated in two recent cases, […]

Herbert Smith

Position: First Important cases at the Court of Appeal from October 1999-July 2000: Gillatt v Sky TV – Herbert Smith acted for Sky TV. The case determined that the value of shares in a private company are determined by an independent chartered accountant and there was no question of breaking down the process in this […]

deal of the week – swiss life

Manchester niche commercial firm Perkins & Company now advises insurance giant Swiss Life on the majority of its UK property needs. The client was introduced by head of property Clive Bleasdale when he joined from Berrymans Lace Mawer 14 months ago. Since then, Bleasdale has advised Swiss Life on the acquisition of offices at Cannon […]

LEGAL WIDOW

The Lawyer’s beloved secretary has gone on extended sick leave as the result of some appalling accident at the salsa class she teaches in her spare time, which has put half the class in traction. It means, of course, that the Lawyer has been assigned a new secretary from the admin pool. “Do they all […]

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