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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: Merger for Sussex firms

Sussex law firms Wynne Baxter Godfree and Lewis Holman & Lawrence have announced their merger. The combined Lewes and Uckfield firm, which will practice under the name of Wynne Baxter Godfree incorporating Lewis Holman & Lawrence, will be headed by Wynnes senior partner Martin Costin. Lewis Holman senior partner Maureen Samuels becomes a consultant.

Damages for whisky shipment

A row between whisky manufacturers William Grant and Sons and Lloyd’s underwriters is heading for the High Court. Grants is seeking damages after losing almost £2 million on a contract to ship whisky to Iraq. After it shipped whisky worth £1,400,950 to Iraq in 1988, the Revolutionary Command Council of the Republic of Iraq banned […]

LAB set to have say on Green Paper

THE LEGAL AID Board is planning to unveil its eagerly awaited response to Lord Mackay’s reform Green Paper next week. The board’s response will form a key stage of the reform process as it will contain details of how the board thinks plans for cash limited block contracts can be delivered. Last month, chief executive […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

Scots appointments break legal ground

A RESHUFFLE among Scotland’s top legal figures is believed to have set a couple of professional records. The appointments include what is believed to be the first former solicitor to become Lord Advocate, the Government’s ultimate source of legal advice for Scotland. Newly-appointed Lord Advocate Donald Mackay qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and practised […]

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