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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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Law Society at the crossroads

Another year and another Law Society presidential election. But although those elected may change, the attitudes of the profession do not. Inertia and apathy rules amongst the electorate which simply cannot see a reason to tick a box and give the presidential candidates a mandate. The problem facing the new team is the same one […]

Sets that are safe as houses

At the Bar, there are probably less than 40 barristers who specialise in landlord and tenant law, and another 40 or so for whom it represents a substantial part of their practice. There is no specific Bar association or Bar Council committee for them – those who act in this field are often found under […]

SIF deserves a better press

Your headline, “SIF condemned by large firms” (The Lawyer, 7 July), implies that not a single large commercial firm out of the top 1,200 wished to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). I am not aware that you asked this firm, which is in the top 100, and your headline is misleading because it implies […]

Housing solicitors branded “ambulance chasers' by council

BIRMINGHAM housing solicitors have been accused by the local council of “ambulance chasing” after it was forced to pay out £13m in legal costs for housing disrepair cases. The charge was levelled at the city’s solicitors by the chair of Birmingham City Council’s housing committee, Dennis Minnis, as he unveiled plans to borrow £34m from […]

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