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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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AN ALL-male Law Society Council line up for the forthcoming presidential elections has prompted scathing “business as usual” accusations from rival candidate Eileen Pembridge. At its meeting last week the Law Society Council backed deputy vice president Henry Hodge as its candidate for the presidency following vice president John Young’s withdrawal from the race after […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 02/05/95

Contract interpretation John Mowlem & Co v Eagle Star Insurance Company & Ors (1995). (CA (Nourse LJ, Hirst LJ and Sir Ralph Gibson) 20/3/95) Summary: The use of ‘or’ in a building contract conjunctively and not disjunctively. Plaintiffs’ appeal by John Mowlem & Co against the Official Referee’s rulings on two questions on the construction […]

Drop in applications for QC

John Malpas Silk round bypasses Liverpool chambers THE TRADITIONAL rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool has spilled over into the silk round. Liverpool was a notable exception in a generally good year for barristers outside London. Nineteen QCs were awarded to tenants in regional sets compared to 15 last year. Six Manchester barristers were successful. Senior […]

Minimum wage stays to delight of trainees

TRAINEE solicitors have won their battle to maintain the minimum salary for trainees after a decisive Law Society vote in its favour. Training committee chair Roger Jones last week told members of the Law Society’s Council of significant support for the salary by his committee. A vote on keeping the wage, which the Trainee Solicitors’ […]

LCD heads marital think-tank

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department will head a new inter-departmental working group on marriage as part of the Government’s plan for greater integration of policies on marriage and divorce. And responsibility for funding of marriage guidance and research organisations will transfer from the Home Office to Lord Mackay, under the provisions of his White Paper on […]

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