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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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 brief: Lawyers question courts' commercial role

Leading lawyers will decide whether there is still a place for the courts in commercial disputes in a debate at the Thames Valley Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Wednesday. Proposing the motion that there is no longer a place for the courts will be Derek Wood QC and solicitor and Arthur Marriot. […]

Merton boss becomes Brent core lawyer

Helen Sage reports The former head of the London Borough of Merton’s legal department, Peter Large, has joined Brent’s core lawyers service, which provides in-house legal advice for the council’s corporate affairs. He said he wanted to move away from the management role he had at Merton and start practising law again. Large was articled […]

Crane crash

A vehicle crash with a difference is the subject of a pending High Court action. The trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, which owns the Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic High School at Greenford, Middlesex, are seeking £78,000 compensation from Baldwins Industrial Services, of Mill Street, Slough. Baldwins owns a 12-tonne crane that rolled […]

Educational forum debates profession's international future

LAWYERS from all over the world have been debating the future of the legal profession at a marathon five-day conference in Oxford. Jesus College was the venue for the International Legal Ed ucation Forum organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group and Oxford Law Society. The stated aim of the forum is to boost global co-operation […]

Scottish Law Society gains a formal say on legislation

The Scottish Office is to allow the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Law Commission formal access to all bills and to have a say in how they have been drafted before they are introduced to Parliament. The move is understood to have followed the hurried redrafting of acts such as the 1990 licensing […]

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