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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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The Lawyer’s investigation into the state of the magistrates courts makes worrying reading. For the first time, justices’ chief executives (JCEs) have voiced their concerns. Most said they were under financial pressure, more than a quarter have made redundancies while two thirds said they had no confidence in the Government’s intentions to adequately fund the […]

In the docks/aid advice. Undercover protection force

The publicity for World Aids Day has put one giant condom on the Paris obelisk and floated another across the Thames. But few are aware that the Terrence Higgins Trust runs a legal advice service for HIV and AIDS-related problems. Although the Helpline is well-known, the trust’s legal services group recently decided its legal advice […]

In brief: Successor for northern Family Division

Sir Stephen Brown, president of the Family Division, has announced that Mr Justice Wall is to succeed Mr Justice Douglas Brown as Family Division liaison judge for the northern circuit on 1 January next year. Mr Justice Holman will become Family Division liaison judge for the western circuit next month, following the promotion of Mr […]

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Hill Taylor Dickinson assistant Roderick Palmer has been seconded to the Kalpeida branch of the Agricultural Bank of Lithuania for a three-month placement. Palmer, who works in the firm’s commercial department, will assist the bank’s legal department with banking, ship finance and other transactional work. Partner Malcolm Entwistle said Palmer’s secondment provides “a tremendous opportunity […]

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