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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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Hill Taylor in Hong Kong split

LONDON law firm Hill Taylor Dickinson has split with Hong Kong associated firm Hampton, Winter and Glynn after a five-year link. The London firm is now setting up a separate office in the colony with the Hong Kong firm’s four-lawyer shipping department. The split came when Hampton, Winter reviewed its business strategy, according to Hill […]

In brief: British Council relaunches Euro scheme

The British Council’s European Lawyers scheme is being relaunched next week. For the first time in its 31-year history the scheme is being run in conjunction with the College of Law. The scheme takes place each year in London and Edinburgh and offers young European legal practitioners the chance to spend six months getting to […]

In brief: Denton Hall appoints Kay for PR manager

City firm Denton Hall has appointed Lesley Kay as its public relations manager. Kay, formerly of the Finance & Leasing Association, will be responsible for raising the firm’s media profile and getting public relations initiatives off the ground.

Franchise bias sparks outrage

LEGAL aid lawyers are furious at Lord Mackay’s decision to introduce a two-tier criminal legal aid system while continuing to freeze civil legal aid. Law Society president Charles Elly joins the Legal Aid Practioners’ Group in denouncing the new rates for April which reward franchised over non-franchised firms. They condemn the decision to only increase […]

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