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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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Mears supports pro-life prize

A STUDENT essay competition run by an anti-abortion lawyers group is to receive the Law Society president’s endorsement. Martin Mears has promised to give his public support to the annual competition run by the Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn. But he has pledged not to turn the highly controversial anti-abortion issue […]

Scottish solicitors to lose control of conveyancing

SOLICITORS throughout the UK have questioned the wisdom of the Scottish Office which last week ended the profession’s exclusive control over conveyancing work. From next autumn, the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board, set up under the Law Reform (Scotland) Act in 1990 and suspended two years later, will resume business. Scottish Office Home Affairs […]

Partners testify in Barings case

PARTNERS at Slaughter and May and Linklaters & Paines have given evidence in a High Court battle which lawyers say will have implications for the capital markets sector. The lawyer-packed case is the first to come to trial as a result of the Barings bank collapse. A judgment is expected any time from this week. […]

Bar accuses Apil of rushing fee deal

PERSONAL injury barristers have broken ranks with the NewsBar to agree compromise conditional fee terms of engagement despite concern in some quarters that they are being rushed into it. The model agreement was unveiled on Friday by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which described it as “a major step towards the smooth implementation of […]

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