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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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Lobbyists parade for Bar Council job

THE BAR Council is holding a beauty parade to determine which PR and lobbying consultancy will represent it into the next millennium. Nine consultancies have been invited to tender for a three-year contract to handle the Bar Council’s prestigious account, worth in the region of £200,000 a year. Among the front runners are Westminster Strategy, […]

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Chelmsford LPC course may go to Cambridge

Philip Hoult reports. ANGLIA Polytechnic University (APU) is in talks with Leicester’s De Montfort University and Cambridge University about moving its Chelmsford-based legal practice course (LPC) to Cambridge. The move follows a fall in demand for places on APU’s Chelmsford course – one of the first to be approved by the Law Society in early […]

In brief: Visually impaired magistrates appointed

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, announced last week the appointment of the first visually impaired people to serve as magistrates. Lynda Belton, Joseph Carr, Diane Cram and Giles Currie were appointed following a pilot exercise to seek suitable visually impaired candidates for the magistracy.

Bar sets new date for equality survey return

Chambers have been given 28 days to return Bar Council questionnaires about their equal opportunities policies after the Bar’s AGM last week slated the 40 per cent response rate. The Bar’s race relations and sex discrimination committees will consider “naming and shaming” those sets who miss the 10 July deadline when they meet early next […]

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