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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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Party plans raft of legal reforms

A MAJOR Liberal Democrat policy paper on legal reform is to be unveiled at the House of Commons next week. The paper, to be called Access to Justice, will provide a benchmark for lawyers ass-essing the different approach of the three major parties to law reform. It has been produced by the Liberal Democrat Lawyers […]

Couderts in mass recruitment drive

COUDERT Brothers will introduce 80 new attorneys to its US practice next month if current merger talks with intellectual property lawyers are successful. Chair of the firm’s executive committee Anthony Williams last week confirmed Couderts was planning to strengthen its IP practice through acquisitions in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. New York, the base […]

Thornton gets all clear from Mackay

The furore surrounding Judge Anthony Thornton QC looked set to rumble on this week despite Lord Mackay giving him the all clear to resume judicial duties. Lord Mackay backed Thornton last week after meeting him to discuss newspaper allegations about his personal life. The Lord Chancellor accepted the judge’s denial that he had smoked illegal […]

Eager for business

India’s liberalisation policy has put the economy back on the path to recovery. The bureaucratic constraints, which denied India growth and prosperity ended as the government introduced a series of economic reforms in 1991. The macro-economic indicators prove the point, indicating improved export performance, a stable currency and declining interest rates. The manufacturing sector and […]

In brief: Ex-IBA director sets up pro bono award

Former International Bar Association executive director Madeleine May, who resigned her post at the end of 1994 after more than 15 years in the role, has established a new award for excellence in pro bono work. May made an announcement at a formal dinner given in her honour at the opening of the IBA conference. […]

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