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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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In brief: Foot & Bowden expanding eastwards

Plymouth-based firm Foot & Bowden is expanding to the east of Devon with a takeover of the Exeter office of five-partner Burd Pearse. The 25-partner firm of Foot & Bowden will keep on Burd Pearse’s two Exeter lawyers, partner Simon Gregory and assistant Michael Gay, and most of Burd Pearse’s Exeter administration staff. The remaining […]

Edge & Ellison hires former police chief

Edge & Ellison has appointed Sir Ronald Hadfield, former Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, as a consultant to the firm to oversee training and people management. Digby Jones, senior partner, disclosed that Hadfield is one of several non-lawyers who will be appointed as consultants over the next 12 months. He said:”It is our […]

Pilot launch for fast-track court system

Three separate pilot fast-track schemes are being launched next month in a bid to speed up civil procedure and reduce costs in the wake of the Woolf report. As from 1 October, 23 family courts will be running the family law ancillary relief procedure pilot scheme, which applies to all ancillary relief applications made on […]

Irish face call for life sentence shake-up

Ireland’s independent Law Reform Commission has embarrassed Irish government and opposition politicians by calling for an end to mandatory life sentences for murderers and a complete scrapping of minimum sentences. Its recommendations, contained in a report, would mean an end to the current 40-year term for capital murder of a police officer, although they are […]

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