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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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Blue chips gunning for legal panels

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Shadbolt enters HK

Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co – a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co’s construction department – has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

No good from hypnosis case

Paul McKenna I read with some surprise the comments made by Martin Smith of Martin Smith & Co in Roger Pearson’s article (The Lawyer, 22 September, page 18). I was the subject of the action brought by Mr Gates. I am responding to Smith’s suggestion that “some good has come of the action”. The findings […]

Conveyancing revolution hits the high street

Estate Agent Hambro Countrywide is tactful enough not to say it was as easy as taking candy from the proverbial baby. But in setting up Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC), Hambro met about as much opposition from the profession as the All Blacks get from the Welsh rugby team. “If you look at the profession, it […]

Clifford Chance leads final bid to rescue Russian debts

Clifford Chance lawyers will make a final attempt this week to strike a deal for Western banks with the Russian central bank on how businesses and institutions there will repay billions of dollars in defaulted domestic debt. The lawyers have until 17 November, when the 90-day debt moratorium imposed by the Russian government expires. If […]

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