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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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Share schemes 'inflexible'

EMPLOYEE benefits lawyers are calling for the Government to introduce more flexible rules for employee share ownership schemes. The call accompanies a survey by Norton Rose showing workforces lag behind senior executives in benefiting from the trend towards employee share options. David Cohen, head of Norton Rose’s employee benefits group, and chairman of the Share […]

Kingfisher

Kingfisher is one of Britain’s most successful retail groups. It is best known for its high street trading subsidiaries – Woolworths, Comet, B&Q, MVC, Superdrug and, property business, Chartwell Land – which have a total of 2,000 sites around the UK. Kingfisher also has businesses based throughout Europe and internationally. The merging of B&Q with […]

Firms gear up for boom as South African business targets City

CITY firms say they are gearing up for a boom in business as increasing numbers of South African companies snub European markets for the London Stock Exchange. South African Breweries is to raise £150m in the next two weeks when it embarks on its primary listing from Johannesburg to the London Stock Exchange. Other major […]

Inns of Court to offer unified training

Unified training for solicitors and barristers is closer than ever as the UK’s largest bar school, the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), prepares itself to offer the Legal Practice Course. ICSL principal professor Richard Stone says the move is a response to the Lord Chancellor’s vision of the future, which will see all […]

Bacfi values place in the Bar Council

Your articles “In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council” and “In-house revolt against ruling bodies’ bureaucracy” (The Lawyer, 8 February) do not give a fair impression of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry’s (Bacfi) policy towards its membership of the Bar Council. Bacfi is not considering splitting from the council. We value […]

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