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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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A YEAR-long campaign by the Legal Action Group (LAG) and the Law Society to fight the Government’s proposals to cut legal representation from social security tribunals panels ended in victory last week after a government concession in the House of Lords. Together, the LAG and the Law Society spearheaded the campaign against proposals contained in […]

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Nabarro Nathanson acted for Talisker Properties on its £30m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Britannia Life, advised by Church Adams Tatham. Allen & Overy and Dundas & Wilson advised the funders Deutsche Hypo and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Nabarros angry at Olswang IP raids

Nabarro Nathanson has responded angrily to the latest in a series of raids by Olswang on its intellectual property department, by calling on its rival to nurture its own talent. Assistant solicitor Jane Bunch – who is six months qualified – is the eighth lawyer to defect from Nabarros IP department to Olswang in just […]

In brief: New head for RB commercial litigation

Richards Butler has appointed 37-year-old Roger Parker as group manager of the firm’s commercial litigation department. It claims that Parker is one of the youngest lawyers ever to lead a major City litigation practice.

Barrister packs bags for Rwanda trials

Paul Hardy, of 18 Red Lion Court, has become the first English lawyer to be recruited by legal charity Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF), to take part in genocide trials in Rwanda. Hardy contacted the Brussels-based organisation after reading about its appeal for French-speaking lawyers in The Lawyer in March. He will spend a month this […]

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