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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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Serious fraud office libel case

The House of Lords has granted Thomas Taylor and Monarch Assurance leave to appeal an Appeal Court decision which struck out their libel and slander claims against the director of the Serious Fraud Office. The appeal will centre on whether documents disclosed to the defence by the Crown in criminal proceedings are subject to an […]

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Damon Swindell

Damon Swindell was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire in 1957 and is currently head of Law Group. What was your first job? Milkman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £25,000 as a self-employed legal quality consultant. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become a professional rally driver. What […]

Law's higher calling

Before he could become a fully-fledged solicitor advocate, Andrew Myers went through exams, endless hours in court and, finally, a nine-month wait. But, he says, it was worth it. Under the current rules, any solicitor who has been qualified for at least three years can apply for higher rights of audience. There are three main […]

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