This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd March 2014

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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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Once due under an on-demand bond, always due

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DLA Piper adds three lawyers from BLP to its real-estate team

DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its real-estate team. The three partners join the firm from BLP. Hopkinson-Woolley has a broad-ranging commercial real-estate practice and advises clients from international investors and developers, banks and real-estate funds to small private property companies and high-net-worth individuals. He has experience in relation […]

Failure to pay ICC advance on costs is not fatal

Defendants in arbitration proceedings are often reluctant to pay their share of the advance on costs ordered by the arbitral institution. The temptation not to pay and to force the claimant to choose between paying the defendant’s share or letting the arbitration grind to a halt can be a strong one, especially if the health […]

Dewey and Barclays relationship to be examined in court

It was the biggest law firm collapse of all time but the fallout from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s insolvency is only set to intensify. Barclays’ attempt to avoid a full trial over its relationship with the firm was defeated at the High Court in February. Now the bank will have to face the former partners who […]

Camp unveils major tax reform plan

By Evan M Migdail and Bruce Thompson House Ways and Means committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) has unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Released as draft legislation, the Camp proposal calls for the most fundamental reform of the tax code in 27 years. Upon releasing the plan, Camp said his reforms would make the tax […]

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