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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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Nabarros set for Polish recruitment

LONDON firm Nabarro Nathanson has moved to larger premises in the Polish capital of Warsaw, further expanding its presence in the country. The firm, which opened in Poland more than four years ago, recently relocated to offices in the centre of Warsaw, upgrading from 500 to 670 sq metres of office space. Practice head Michael […]

In brief: Fund raising for Shelter's own lawyer

Young members of the profession have raised more than £10,000 towards funding a new solicitor for Shelter through a series of quiz nights across the UK and Brussels. The National Campaign for Homeless People is now seeking a further £28,000 to fund the lawyer who will work on major test cases aimed at fighting for […]

Magistrates set to get two-year skills review

BRITAIN’S 30,000 magistrates are to have their legal skills examined in a two-year review by a training supremo appointed by the Lord Chancellor last week. Michael Wooley has been selected to replace the retiring Geoffrey Norman as magistrates’ training adviser at the Lord Chancellor’s Department. A spokesman says that the brief for the job has […]

Police say no to in-house team

POLICE officers have rejected a move towards recruiting in-house lawyers as a means of cutting the soaring cost of their legal representation. The Police Federation conference threw out an amendment calling for finance officials to examine whether an in-house system would be cheaper. Delegates agreed to continue with the contracted out system, which uses Russell […]

Hewson sues Sunday Telegraph for libel

THE BARRISTER whose harassment claims sparked off a media furore has launched a libel action against The Sunday Telegraph. Association of Women Barristers chair Barbara Hewson claims that an article in the paper by columnist Minette Marrin attacked her integrity by accusing her of inventing her widely reported harassment claims. She has hired prominent libel […]

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