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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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First judges appointed under new system

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has made its first two High Court judge appointments under the new selection process. Judge Alastair Norris QC, formerly of Southernhay Chambers, and Judge David George Maddison, previously of Cobden House Chambers, have been appointed to the High Court. Judge Norris, who will take up his new role on 1 […]

CBS eyes cover up

We can’t wait to read the transcript. Tomorrow (11 September) will see US television network CBS back in court to maintain that it had nothing to do with Janet Jackson’s infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ when she performed at the 2004 Superbowl with fellow popstar Justin Timberlake [see story]. Viewers will remember that Janet took Justin’s line […]

Uncertain times call for certain measures

Financial markets have been in turmoil over the past seven weeks, triggered by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis. Thousands of column inches have been devoted to analysing the root causes of the turbulence and the potential effect over both the short and mid-term. The one common theme to emerge is that nobody quite feels yet, […]

Home alone

Now September’s here the piece and quiet of August, when not a hell of a lot is going on back at the office, seems a distant dream. But let’s spare a thought for those who were left behind. Some partners haven’t been sunning themselves in Barbados, but have been manning the phones and generally keeping […]

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