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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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MEPs push for unity on home title

THE EUROPEAN Parliament has warned member state professions to find common ground over rights of establishment or face a ruling from on high. MEPs have recommended that the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) reaches an agreed position on the issue at its plenary session in Dresden next month. If […]

Simmons partner faces extradition

SIMMONS & Simmons partner David Sandy is being extradited to New York to face three charges relating to suppressing evidence about the collapsed Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI). The Sandy affair has also led to Simmons & Simmons being replaced by Macfarlanes as solicitors to the BCCI majority shareholders in Abu Dhabi, after […]

YLL gives response to Labour plan

LAWYERS seeking clarification of Labour’s ‘Access to justice’ policy document are meeting the party’s legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP to air their views. The Young Labour Lawyers (YLL) meet Boateng this week to discuss how Labour’s policy paper, recently approved by the party’s National Executive Committee, will affect vocational legal training. YLL chair Mark […]

New scheme aims for Europe-wide legal computer standard

A fully integrated computer and telecommunications system for lawyers has been promised at the launch of the Pan European Legal Telematics Programme. The programme, which aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal profession, will focus on the development of a Legal Telematics workstation to meet the growing demand […]

A case worthy of further consideration

Veterinary surgeon Ryan James who is serving life for the murder of his wife is expected to appear in the Court of Criminal Appeal shortly to challenge his conviction. James was said to have killed his 39-year-old wife Sandra by lacing her orange juice with a drug used to put horses to sleep. Lord Justice […]

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