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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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Conyers’ Anna Chong provides Cayman Islands legal advice to Bitauto Holdings

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Bitauto Holdings in connection with a secondary offering in the US of 2,749,200 ordinary shares (par value of $0.00004 per share of the company) in the form of American depositary shares as described in the prospectus. Anna Chong of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised […]

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Tim Jones of No5 Chambers was the examiner for the Cringleford neighbourhood development plan and recommended that the plan should proceed to referendum. A referendum was held on 24 January 2014 to decide on whether South Norfolk District Council should use the neighbourhood plan for Cringleford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area. […]

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Wragge & Co reported in its November/December property update that the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 25 November 2013. The bill, once enacted, will give consent for the first phase of the new high-speed rail project, including the powers to construct and operate the line […]

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