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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 […]

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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Linklaters gets Woolwich deal

Linklaters & Paines is advising the Woolwich Building Society on its plans for conversion to plc status and London Stock Exchange listing. Woolwich is the UK’s third-biggest building society with assets of about £28 billion, 12 operating subsidiaries, over three million investors and more than 550,000 borrowers. Heading Linklaters’ team are partners Jeremy Skinner and […]

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Association of Women Barristers (AWB) chair Barbara Hewson is joining the Bar human rights committee, after four years on the sex discrimination committee. As a member of the council of Justice and Amnesty International, she is already involved in human rights issues. Other AWB members have also taken new positions on Bar committees this year. […]

Suspension for local authority legal head

THE HEAD of a Cumbrian council’s legal department has been suspended. Allerdale Borough Council legal services manager David Collinson was temporarily relieved of his post in early November. Later that month an internal inquiry cleared him of allegations of harassing a junior member of staff. But the suspension remained in force to allow the council […]

Independent mediators

We Would like to correct an error in the article about the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre which appeared in The Lawyer 9 January (‘Firm brings ADR centre to Midlands’). Solicitors at Rees Edwards Maddox will only act as neutral mediators in disputes which do not involve the firm’s own clients. Members of the firm will […]

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