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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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Addleshaws, BLP, Herbies aid charity

Several City law firms have joined forces with a new charity to help A-level students get a kick-start in a professional career. Addleshaw Goddard, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Herbert Smith have all signed on with The Linkson Fellowship to take a summer intern for 2006. The Linkson Fellowship aims to assist bright students from low-income […]

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BLP’s semester-long bespoke LPC could herald a new approach to legal education. You might not have immediately recognised the fact, but Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s (BLP) decision to launch its own legal practice course (LPC) (The Lawyer, 3 March) marks out the firm as a trailblazer. According to Phil Nott, executive director at Nottingham Law School, […]

Top inspection marks for Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster

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Pinsent Masons is mourning partner Shelagh Gaskill (left), who died last week following a long illness. Gaskill was a commercial partner in the outsourcing, technology and commercial group, specialising in data protection. Pinsents will set up a scholarship in her name to pay for information law training for people in charities and not-for-profit organisations which […]

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