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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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Blakes toasts Inzani

South-East firm Blake Lapthorn is setting up a specialist liquor licensing department in its London office by poaching a partner specialising in the niche area. Partner Lisa Inzani has joined Blake Lapthorn from the London office of 13-partner firm Bates and Partners. A spokeswoman for Blake Lapthorn says: “She has been appointed to establish and […]

Blame culture is not the way forward

In last week’s Viewpoint a CPS employee accused the organisation of institutionalised racism. Now David Calvert-Smith replies. The viewpoint you printed last week from an anonymous Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employee distorted the facts to an extent that was misleading about my own position and that of CPS staff generally. So I’d like to set […]

Browne-Wilkinson defends death row appeal remarks

Lord Browne-Wilkinson’s controversial call to scrap Caribbean appeals to the Privy Council has provoked a furious debate among appeal lawyers. Browne-Wilkinson made his comments in The Lawyer two weeks ago (17 May). He reiterates them in a letter on page 17. His latest defence of his position comes as the Privy Council rejected last week […]

Litigation Writs 31/5/99

The US government and NASA are taking Julian Higgins of London to the High Court after failing to stop him from registering a trade mark similar to the NASA logo. In a claim issued at London’s High Court, they are seeking to reverse an order of the Registrar of Trade Marks, made on 13 January […]

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