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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 […]

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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Warren & Allen gives managing partner position to 30-year-old

Nottingham firm Warren & Allen has elected 30-year-old Heather Stanford as its managing partner. Stanford, thought to be the youngest woman in such a high-ranking position, replaces Chris Miller, who is standing down to join rival Nottingham firm Nelsons as deputy managing partner after 21 years with Warren & Allen. Stanford says: “It was a […]

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Information. The US trial of Florida mother Shirley Egan, 68, who has been charged with the attempted murder of her daughter, Georgette Smith, after she proposed putting Mrs Egan in a nursing home, is set to become the first trial ever to be broadcast over the internet by a court. Lawyers relying on evidence from […]

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Beachcroft Wansbroughs has lost its head of employment in Bristol to Eversheds. Tony Brown has joined Eversheds’ Bristol office as a partner in its expanding employment team. Brown is believed to be the first senior departure from the Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave side of the merger that formed Beachcroft Wansbroughs at the end of last year. […]

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