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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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Get in line

New legislation brings Luxembourg into line with international law and should have investors queuing up, says François Pfister In response to high demand from the international fund communities, new legislation has come into force that significantly broadens the legal framework for private equity and venture capital fund structuring through Luxembourg. The amended legislation, implemented by […]

Mishcons joins Queen Mary pro bono centre

Mischon de Reya has signed up alongside Field Fisher Waterhouse and Reed Smith to give pro bono advice through a newly-launched advice service at Queen Mary, University of London. The Pink Law Legal Advice Centre, which launched on Friday (14 November), will give free legal advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. […]

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New compromise

Guernsey’s new Companies Law means that compromise agreements are now more aligned with English law. Nick Gamble and Mathew Newman report A problem typical to insolvent/quasi-insolvent restructurings is that claims are often structured in two different ways. They are either structured as to require unanimity among a creditor class for changes to the fundamental terms […]

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Pressing concerns

Pressing concerns11 November 2008 The Daily Mail has caused a storm.And its editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has sparked a flurry of hot-blooded comments on TheLawyer.com after he poured scorn on leading privacy judge Mr Justice Eady. The Daily Mail has caused a storm. And its editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has sparked a flurry of hot-blooded comments on […]

Hickinbottom J urges firms to let solicitors sit as recorders

Mr Justice Hickinbottom, a former McKenna & Co solicitor, has launched an attack on law firm ­managements, claiming they create unnecessary hurdles for solicitors trying to join the judiciary. Hickinbottom J, who was appointed to the bench in September, said the judiciary lacks diversity due to the unwillingness of law firms to allow their lawyers […]

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