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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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Human rights for the workplace

Gavin Mansfield says it is vital that employment lawyers become familiar with the European Convention on Human Rights. Gavin Mansfield is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, the chambers of Lionel Swift QC. The Human Rights Bill should receive royal assent in November, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into English […]

In brief: Race prosecutions on increase, says CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecuted 1,324 defendants for committing racially motivated offences in 1997-98, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year, according to a CPS racial incident monitoring report published last week. The report also reveals that in two thirds of the cases, it was the CPS rather than the police […]

Stuck in the middle and blue

While the big firms cream off the profits, medium-sized rivals feel the pinch of a shrinking market. Martyn Robertson and Fiona Westwood outline some practical solutions. Martyn Robertson is an accountant and Fiona Westwood is a solicitor at Glasgow-based management and training consultants Robertson Westwood. Look at the figures in the latest Scottish Law Directory […]

Edge & Ellison team puts Webvet in practice

John Malpas reports on a new product that aims to protect companies from litigation surrounding Web site content. EDGE & Ellison has become the latest firm to attempt to exploit the Internet market by launching a fixed-price internet auditing service. Webvet, launched on 13 October by the firm’s London office, offers a vetting service for […]

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