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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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Will Slater on the need to check whether a building is a chattel. Will Slater is a solicitor with the London office of Laytons.

A recent High Court decision in Potton Developments v Thompson and Ennever dramatically highlights the importance of identifying whether the “building” on the land your client is buying is a chattel. It also serves to warn buyers that the most conventional-looking building might be a chattel, the sale of which would require express provision to […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Gardening leave must be in contract

A Court of Appeal ruling made last week means that companies can no longer assume that they can enforce gardening leave if the term is not in their employment contracts. Steve Tucker, a bookmaker, resigned from William Hill to go to a rival company, but was told he had to stay at home during his […]

Amnesty Scotland in appeal for lawyers

Amnesty International’s Scottish office is launching a recruitment drive among lawyers on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Its Scottish Lawyers Network, which is supposed to represent victims of human rights violations around the world, has been dormant for some time, according to Amnesty’s Jocelyn Cockburn. But she […]

Mishcon de Reya lays off 12 support staff

In the wake of a flood of fee earner departures, Mishcon de Reya has laid off 12 support staff from its word processing department, print room, partnership dining room kitchen and its litigation department. The firm’s head of company commercial, Kevin Gold, said the “technical redundancies” were voluntary. The moves were announced internally, when chairman […]

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