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Latest Briefings

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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In brief: Young Solicitors Group demands court rights

The Young Solicitors Group has called for automatic accreditation for higher court rights for all solicitors when they qualify. Chairman Richard Moorhead has written to the Law Society proposing it drop its “costly and complex” plan for elective courses.

Adoption highlights parental rights

Roger Pearson reports on how a father’s battle for custody of his son swayed the long-standing opinion of a family lawyer. Few lawyers have made as swift a U-turn in respect of long-held opinion than that of family solicitor Pat Monro. The senior partner of specialist London-based firm Wilford Monro admits that for some 20 […]

It has been a bad week for…

Kentucky lawyer Victoria Murden, whose attempt to row across the Atlantic solo ended when her 23ft boat capsized 1,000 miles off Land’s End. The Law Society press office, whose press release giving details of a Web site on the Millennium Bug suffered from some gremlins of its own and gave the wrong Web site address. […]

Junior “fave raves'

A raft of juniors from a broad range of sets were recommended in this area In London, the focus is on the “top dog” chambers specialising in family – Queen Elizabeth Building, 1 Mitre Court and 29 Bedford Row – although the spread of sets containing recommended juniors is far broader than for the silks. […]

Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

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