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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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All you ever wanted to know about Armenia

AN INVESTORS’ guide has been produced for UK lawyers and business people looking to move into Armenia. Solicitor Carl Ulbricht has spent the last year in the former Soviet Union working on the project financed by the Foreign Office’s Know How Fund. Ulbricht, formerly with City firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, has also produced an […]

Savage considers share issue

NOTTINGHAM Law School, the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of Nottingham Trent University, is considering raising u1 million in a unique equity issue to help fund its growing range of specialist courses for lawyers. Law firms are likely to be the main private business sector to be targeted for the issue, which venture capital company 3i may […]

Bar gets own personal injury voice

URGENT action to lobby the Lord Chancellor’s Department on conditional fee arrangements will be the first task of a new association for personal injury barristers launched this week. The Personal Injury Bar Association holds its inaugural meeting on 7 March, and organiser Matthias Kelly expects barristers country-wide to converge on the Gray’s Inn arbitration room […]

Working party set up to identify electronic issues

Fennell Betson reports The Society for Computers & Law is examining the future of electronic communications in the profession. A working party, chaired by James Behrens of 13 Old Square, is to report on the findings in June. A questionnaire on the extent and type of communication currently in use in the legal world is […]

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