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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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Judge's attack on Leigh Day sparks angry outburst from firm

SOLICITOR Martin Day has hit back at a High Court judge’s stinging ruling during high-profile tobacco litigation by accusing him of “living in an ivory tower”. Mr Justice Wright ruled that most of Leigh Day s clients who took action against tobacco giants Gallaher and Imperial fell outside the statute of limitations. He went on […]

All's fair in love and law

YOUR report, “Law Society staff face huge pay cuts in new regime” (The Lawyer, 8 February), failed to mention the fact that roughly the same number of staff have received salary increases as have had their pay frozen. There is no plan to reduce staff numbers as a result of the new pay system. Our […]

Deutsche Bank lawyer quits top job

PETER BROOKS, whose ruthless reputation earned him the sobriquet Prince of Darkness, has left his £1m job as general counsel at Deutsche Bank. Brooks, who was previously head of corporate finance at Clifford Chance, had been considering leaving the bank for some time. It is understood his role as general counsel changed considerably following the […]

In brief: Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens, libel lawyer at Stephens Innocent, has called on newspapers to stump up the cash to allow the five men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence to defend themselves in a potential libel action. He suggested the unprecedented move after the suspects’ mothers lashed out over the publicity surrounding the five.

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