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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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In last week’s issue of The Lawyer (14 July), a feature entitled ‘Closing time’ stated incorrectly that Candu Entertainment is, or was, the operator of the Po Na Na family of bars. As a spokesman for Eclectic Bars pointed out: “Po Na Na and its associated bar brands Bondi, Embargo, Sakura and Fez are all […]

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Linklaters says: take a BlackBerry break

Linklaters says: take a BlackBerry break” />Linklaters has given its ­partners and associates yet another three-line whip, this time demanding that they leave their BlackBerrys at work when on holiday. The magic circle firm’s order is designed to benefit fee-earners, ;especially ­associates, by improving their work-life balance. The scheme may be well meant, but it […]

Walker Morris retrains lawyers in insolvency

Leeds firm Walker Morris is attempting to ride out the effects of the downturn by retraining 30 corporate, banking and property lawyers in insolvency law. The firm expects an upsurge in demand for insolvency work and the ­initiative aims to enable associates and assistants in potentially less busy departments to assist the firm’s core insolvency […]

LG and Trowers break inflation barrier with trainee pay rises

LG and Trowers & Hamlins have increased their trainee solicitor salaries by inflation-busting rates, although first-year trainees are still paid marginally less than the industry average. From September, first-year trainees at LG will take home £36,000 – 20 per cent up on last year’s salary of £30,000. Second years will be paid £40,000 – a […]

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