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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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Beachcroft bins lockstep for merit-based pay

Beachcroft has radically revamped its remuneration system to better reward partners’ performances, as it undergoes a cultural shift following its conversion to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. The firm has ditched its simple modified lockstep in favour of multi-tiered remuneration for equity partners, which takes into account performance as well as seniority. Under the new system, […]

Altheimer partner sets up new boutique

Ex-Altheimer & Gray partner Jessica Learmond-Criqui is setting up a niche firm in London’s Hampstead from 1 June. Learmond-Criqui left Altheimer after its collapse in 2003 and joined West End firm Collins Benson Goldhill as a consultant. An employment specialist, she will be practising alongside fellow employment practitioner Jeremy Sokel in a limited-liability partnership to […]

ICSL students outraged at BVC resit debacle

BVC students at the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL) have been outraged after being told they will have to repeat a crucial advocacy assessment because of a technical glitch with the DVDs they were recorded on. The advocacy assessments in March were filmed on faulty discs, which failed to record the exercise, while […]

MDPs given go ahead in Legal Services Bill

Lawyers will be allowed to practice in partnership with other professionals within firms owned by non-lawyers under new legislation, it was announced today (24 May). Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, made the announcement as the draft Legal Services Bill was published. The Bill follows the Government’s White Paper on legal services reform seven months ago, […]

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