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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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In brief: Media barrister takes up professor's post

A barrister from 5 New Square chambers has been awarded a professorship at the European Media Business School. Tony Martino, an entertainment and intellectual property specialist, is teaching entertainment law and practice in Rome and London on a new Masters course which combines the media and the law. The course which trains its students to […]

IBA art seminar

Allen & Overy partner Richard Turnor and Farrer & Co’s Judith Hill are among the speakers at an International Bar Association seminar on the legal issues involved in operating international museums and galleries on 15 to 16 February. For further information telephone 0171 629 1206.

LAPG calls for action on quality

THE JOINT leaders of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group have called on the Law Society to seize back the quality initiative by introducing more specialist panels and pushing ahead with quality accreditation. In a message to their group, co-chairs Jon Lloyd and Bill Montague have accused the profession of being “too slow off the mark […]

Living for the city

Everyone else may be losing their heads but corporate finance lawyers are certainly keeping theirs. This year has been a difficult one for the merchant banking community. Barings teetered on the verge of collapse this spring and was rescued at the last minute in a hasty takeover by the Dutch bank ING. Other enduring names […]

Give cash to proposal

It is good to see that the Judicial Studies Board is planning improvements to judicial training following Lord Woolf’s proposals for judicial case management. With judges taking a centre stage role in these proposals, it is essential that they are up to the task in hand. With little training currently available, this area needs to […]

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