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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 06/02/96

Trade mark infringement and comparative advertising Barclays Bank v RBS Advanta (sued A RBS Advanta) (1996). Ch.D (Laddie J). Summary: Inclusion of a competitor’s registered trade mark in comparative advertising material no longer constitutes infringement of the mark in view of the Trade Marks Act 1994. Plaintiff bank’s claim for interlocutory relief as to alleged […]

Firm stays away from court for RSI deal

LEADING trade union firm Russell Jones &Walker says it has secured the first ever compensation agreement for repetitive strain injury (RSI) sufferers without resorting to court action. The agreement negotiated with the Inland Revenue encourages a system of dispute resolutions without the need for expensive court action. Sixteen of the most commonly identified conditions suffered […]

Price Waterhouse in legal coup

BIG SIX accountancy firm Price Waterhouse is set to take on City lawyers by establishing a legal practice this spring. The move could be the tip of the iceberg, with two other top accountancy firms rumoured to be going down the same path. The Price Waterhouse decision, described as a “terrifying prospect” by one City […]

In defence of deception

There is no question that criminal activity is increasing on a global scale. And it is equally clear that law enforcement agencies are incapable of stemming the tide or coping with existing levels of crime. The manpower in the private security sector outnumbers government agencies by at least two to one and without its help […]

Merger poses no threat

Your article on our merger (‘Merger Strengthens Chancery Set’ 23 January 1996) was well researched and I am grateful to you for the lineage you have afforded these chambers. The amalgamation of these two sets of Chancery chambers, together with the wholesale improvement in its administrative and communication systems, will provide us with the facilities […]

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