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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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Only one in 40 trainee police station advisers make it back on LAB books

JUST 20 suspended police station advisers have been put back on the Legal Aid Board’s approved register since 800 trainees were suspended last month. The mass suspensions, which affect 44 per cent of all non-solicitor representatives held on the Legal Aid Board’s books, occurred after the trainees failed to hand in portfolios detailing practical examples […]

Bar takes action to deal with harassment

A RAFT of measures to combat sexual harassment at the Bar, including a network of safe haven chambers for victimised barristers, has been welcomed by the Association of Women Barristers. Bar vice-chair David Penry-Davey QC said he recognised the “significant barriers” women had encountered in the profession at a meeting of the women barristers’ group […]

Law Soc gears up for reform debate

THE TABLES could be turned on Martin Mears this week as the man who has persistently described himself as radical tries to stem pressure for wholesale constitutional reform. In a ‘President’s Paper’ outlining his objectives for the year which is to be debated by the Law Society council on Thursday, the new president says major […]

Financing

Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for Clydesdale Bank’s structured finance unit and the London branch of Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale in the provision of a £20 million refurbishment loan to Camberhurst, for the Brunel Centre shopping complex in Swindon. Norton Rose advised Camberhurst.

Irish Bar wig option

BARRISTERS in the Irish Republic have voted by a narrow majority to cut the rule obliging them to wear wigs in court and make the matter optional. The decision, taken in a secret postal ballot of the country’s 1,000 barristers, is designed to pre-empt a Courts Bill being prepared by Irish Justice Minister Nora Owen, […]

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