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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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Addleshaws wins Games work

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co has beaten off its Manchester rivals to be appointed legal adviser to the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games to be held in the city in 2002. The Addleshaws team, led by IP head Robert Stoker, will advise on broadcasting rights, sponsorship and merchandising contracts, and infringement issues. The firm won […]

Irvine is personality of the year

Lord Irvine’s plans to smash the Bar’s near monopoly of higher court advocacy have been greeted with jubilation by solicitors. In last week’s consultation paper on rights of audience, the Lord Chancellor called for full rights of audience for all solicitors from their first day on the Roll, providing they met certain training requirements to […]

And on they Roweth

Your reader Robert J Roweth is concerned about the fact that he will have to compete for a training contract with people who did not show proper commitment to the law by studying it as a first degree (Letters, June 9). As far as I know, people deciding on their first degree subject are at […]

In brief: Bevan Ashford sets up PFI club

Bristol solicitors Bevan Ashford has launched a Public Finance Initiative Club to promote networking between developers, contractors, consultants, investors and funders, with the first luncheon scheduled for 6 July.

LawSoc to hear super watchdog plan

THE president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants is to call for the introduction of an independent super watchdog to police the regulation of all the professions at a private Law Society conference held this week. Chris Swinson is to outline his controversial plan at a special Law Society brainstorming session on regulation on Friday […]

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