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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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Moore & Blatch poach Capsticks partner to launch new department

Southampton firm, Moore & Blatch has poached a partner from specialist clinical negligence firm Capsticks to head up a new medical negligence department. Tim Spring, a Capsticks partner for the past eight years, has worked primarily for the NHS in his time at the 19-partner London firm. He will, however, be required to ‘switch sides’ […]

Shearmans set to vote on Chiomenti merger

Shearman & Sterling is on the verge of voting on a merger with Italian firm Chiomenti e Associati. The vote will be the culmination of talks between Shearmans and the corporate and commercial firm, which have been on-going since March. Chiomenti recently acted on behalf of Italian state-owned electricity company Enel on the world’s largest […]

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Deaf people, who cannot become jurors because of the sanctity of the jury room, according to Judge Shirley Anwyl QC of Woolwich Crown Court. The reason given for the decision was that the sign language interpreter, as a 13th person, would not be permitted to enter the jury room. However, Lord Irvine is currently considering […]

Litigation Writs 15/11/99

Morgan Construction Vo, of Massachusetts in the US, is suing Kvaerner Metals Davy of Stockton-on-Tees, seeking injunctions restraining it from keeping, using or disposing of any documents belonging to Morgan, and from making use of confidential information. Morgan also seeks delivery of all articles and materials in Kvaerner’s possession whose use or disposal would contravene […]

A&O adds to Hong Kong office as insolvency market heats up

Allen & Overy is expanding in Hong Kong to cash in on lucrative litigation work. It has shipped out insolvency litigator Andrew Jeffries, who is a partner at A&O’s London office. Jonathan Hitchin, partner in A&O’s Hong Kong litigation and dispute resolution team, says: “For better or for worse there is a good deal of […]

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