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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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Single fathers given rights

THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is giving full parental rights to unmarried fathers if they register the baby’s birth jointly with the mother. Currently, unmarried fathers have to obtain a court order or make a legal agreement with the mother to gain such rights. The Daily Mail

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Pressure forces Lord Irvine to drop CFAs in family law cases

The Lord Chancellor has admitted he was out of step with government policy after backing down on his controversial plan to permit conditional fee agreements (CFAs) in family law cases. As the Access to Justice Bill was debated in the House of Lords last week, Lord Irvine bowed to widespread criticism that CFAs would encourage […]

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Ben Daniels was born in 1971 in Lincoln. He is a solicitor at Bevan Ashford in Bristol. What was your first job? Delivery driver. What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer? Less than that earned as a delivery driver. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Lincoln City FC mascot […]

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