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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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Fraudulent bills hit stormy seas

Roger Pearson looks at a High Court decision that highlights the use of ante-dated and false bills of lading to secure bank credit A blow has been struck against those who use ante-dated and false bills of lading in international trade in order to satisfy the requirements of letters of credit, or to assist those […]

"Road rage' girlfriend's appeal

An appeal is imminent in the case of Tracey Andrews, the woman who claimed her boyfriend was killed in a road-rage attack, but who was later jailed herself for his murder. The appeal is scheduled to start on 21 May. The case attracted widespread publicity when it took place. Immediately after the killing Andrews appeared […]

SIF: our right to decide

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square Although I completed and sent off my questionnaire, my personal preference as a sole practitioner is not reflected in any of the options apparently available to the profession. Whereas I believe that a mutual […]

"Legal aid party is over'

You report that we have gone out of our way to support the Government’s legal aid reforms (“Two leading legal aid firms back Govt”, The Lawyer, 7 April). We concluded that legal aid needed an overhaul before Lord Irvine took office. It was an opinion informed by practice in medical negligence, personal injury and product […]

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