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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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Cameron plays key role in Exchange merger

The London Stock Exchange’s in-house team, led by Allan Cameron, played a key role in negotiating its strategic alliance with the Deutsche Borse. Cameron, a member of the Stock Exchange’s management committee, will now sit on a joint London-Frankfurt project board, with fellow management committee member Martin Wheatley, chief executive Gavin Casey and three members […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Barbara Cahalane

Barbara Cahalane was born in Dublin in 1959. She is a qualified barrister and director of communications at the Law Society. What was your first job? Peeling hard boiled potatoes for potato salad in a restaurant in Bad St Peter Ording, Germany. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I studied at night […]

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Mad Frank and friends By Frankie Fraser with James Morton. When he is not editing the New Law Journal, James Morton writes books. This one, written in collaboration with celebrity ex-gangster Frankie Fraser, charts his relationships with his many friends and enemies.

Law Society announces Mickey Mouse conference plan

You read it first in Tulkinghorn. Last October, The Lawyer’s diary suggested the Law Society spice up the dull Solicitors’ Annual Conference by holding it in EuroDisney. And now the society has decided the 1999 conference will indeed be hosted by Mickey, Goofy and pals in Paris. The society is desperate to attract younger solicitors […]

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