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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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Chambers beckon to retiring judge

Retiring judge Gerald Butler QC has taken the unusual step of returning to his old chambers to practise, after spotting a gap in the legal market for media and entertainment arbitration. Butler left One Essex Court to sit on the bench in 1982, becoming Presiding Judge at Southwark Crown Court for 13 years before retiring […]

CPS lawyers in higher courts next year

CPS lawyers are likely to be prosecuting in Crown Courts by February. Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has asked the service’s chief crown prosecutors to identify suitable volunteers from within their areas for the course, which all solicitors must take and pass before they can appear in the higher courts. It […]

Stage set for contract case

Actress Angharad Cazenove is heading for a distinctly unshowbusiness-like role – in the courtroom. She is taking builder Liam Hicks, who she accuses of abandoning building work, to the High Court for alleged breach of contract. She claims that he owes her £5,000 for the uncompleted work and is suing him for repayment of the […]

OSS Lawyer Line aims to cut number of complaints

A NEW hotline has been launched to help smooth relations between lawyers and clients. Lawyer Line is due to be launched by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) on 28 May, to help solicitors who have had a complaint made against them resolve the matter quickly with their client. The phones will be […]

Bean heads group

Bruce Bean, the recently installed managing partner at Coudert Brothers’ Moscow office, will serve on the Investor Protection Working Group of the US-Russia Capital Markets Forum. The forum was set up in order to assist the Russian government in identifying reform requirements for the development of Russian capital markets. It consists of four working groups: […]

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