This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 9th 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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The Financial Report — CSA proposes prospectus amendments; ASIC on use of internet for selling securities; and more

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Business immigration — tips for the unwary

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Eversheds’ Batham comments on BIS Select Committee report into UK business rates

James Batham, partner and real-estate expert at Eversheds, has commented on the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Select Committee report into business rates in the UK. Batham said that in its report published on 4 March, the BIS Select Committee has become the latest body to criticise the current business rates system as ‘not fit for purpose’ and has called […]

Case update — performance bonds

The Court of Appeal has reinforced the position that the primary liability to pay under a performance bond is entirely separate from the relationship between the parties to the underlying contract. The case in question was the Court of Appeal hearing of the Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group v Emporiki Bank of Greece [2013] EWCA Civ 1679. The […]

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