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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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Former Soviet and Yugoslavian states slammed for slow reform

Former Soviet and Yugoslavian republics have come under fire from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for being slow to reform their legal and law enforcement systems. In its Transition Report 1998, covering central and eastern Europe, countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia have been slammed for failing to […]

SIF contributions slammed as extortionate by small firms

A group comprised mainly of sole practitioners has been set up to campaign for the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The Millennium Law Group of about 60 solicitors is pressing for the Law Society council to call an extraordinary general meeting, open to all members of the society, where it will demand an […]

In brief: No action to be taken against Jane Hickman

No action will be taken against Jane Hickman, Hickman & Rose senior partner, who was arrested in July after cannabis was allegedly discovered in a bundle of clothes she was taking to a client in Wandsworth prison. Hickman is acting for a number of clients alleging brutality by prison officers at another prison, Wormwood Scrubs.

In brief: Lawyers plan exodus, says ZMB survey

Thirteen per cent of lawyers are considering leaving the legal profession in the next 12 months, a survey of 600 lawyers by recruitment consultancy ZMB in association with The Times has revealed. Of these, 42 per cent said the law was not for them, while 37 per cent wanted to work shorter hours. Thirty-three per […]

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