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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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University of Sydney beats London School of Economics in WTO mooting face-off

The University of Sydney won this year’s annual World Trade Organisation (WTO) moot court competition, narrowly beating the London School of Economics (LSE) in the final round. The competition, which is organised by the European Law Students’ Association, saw the Australian team beat 63 other universities to the title. The final round was held in […]

The law behind… Energy

With the UK’s natural energy resources diminishing all too quickly the Government is continually looking at initiatives that will provide viable solutions to the problem. Liquified Natural Gas As the headlines mount about gas prices, security of supply and geopolitical worries, lawyers are working with energy companies to ensure that the world’s energy demand is […]

Elite firms put to shame by smaller practices’ diversity

Law Soc reveals that only 8 per cent of the UK’s top 100 firms’ trainees belong to an ethnic minority. The average proportion of ethnic minority trainees at the UK’s top 100 law firms lags significantly behind the number of registered trainees across the profession from ethnic minority groups. The 2006 diversity league table, first […]

Doing your firm a favour

Existing clients take on extra significance if you can sell them additional services, says Jonathan Denny Cross-selling additional services to clients as a way of growing a law firm’s business has become something of a Holy Grail for law firm marketing. However, the very expression ‘cross-selling’ implies that there are barriers to be crossed, and […]

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