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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Bar Council, Law Soc continue work to enhance Anglo-Chinese relations

Law Society president Kevin Martin and Bar Council chairman Stephen Hockman QC have returned from a mission to open up further the Chinese legal market to UK firms. Martin and Hockman spent 10 days in Beijing and Shanghai, meeting Chinese officials to promote opportunities for cooperation between the UK and China. The pair spent time with the […]

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Ethnic minority students on the up at degree level

Ethnic minority students made up almost a third of students accepted to first degree law courses last year, new figures from the Law Society reveal. The statistics, published annually, show that 29.8 per cent of students starting undergraduate law degrees for the academic year 2004 in England and Wales were from an ethnic minority. This […]

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