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Starting Point Employment Law Guide – Jersey Update – September 2018

By Siobhan Riley, Huw Thomas, Tarina Le Boutillier Whilst in the UK changes to employment legislation generally happen in April, major changes to Jersey employment law have in recent years occurred in September. September 2018 is no exception and will arguably be the busiest September for Jersey HR professionals for some years. There is a raft of changes […]

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 […]

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Beaumonts makes U-turn on instruction to sue RBS

An aviation company suing the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been forced to instruct the bar direct after its law firm withdrew. Aviation specialist firm Beaumont and Son would not comment on its reasons for withdrawing from the case, but it has since emerged that the firm was on the RBS panel all along. AFX Capital, […]

Milbank overhauls Asia management for Japan drive

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has joined the growing throng of firms shaking up its Asian strategy as the US firm re-jigs the regional management. Gary Wigmore, currently managing partner of Milbank’s Singapore office and managing partner of the firm’s Asian project finance group, will relocate to head up Tokyo. The current incumbent David Impastato […]

Dewey gears up in Italy with Milan acquisition

Dewey Ballantine is ramping up its Italian presence after absorbing Milanese boutique Casella Minoli e Associati. Name partner Luca Minoli joined Dewey Ballantine’s Milan office effective 1 October, bringing with him a salaried partner. Fellow partner Paola Casella, a lecturer at Milan University, will act as a part-time external consultant to the firm. Minoli advises […]

Crutes merges with Doberman Horsman

North East firm Crutes has merged with Doberman Horsman. The tie-up between three-office Crutes and the 67-year-old Middlesbrough firm will create a regional base in the town. Each firm will initially retain its Middlesbrough office, but in 2005 the two sites will be combined.

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