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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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Is flexible working a waste of time?

Richard Tyler looks at how some visionary firms are aiming to retain top staff by letting them work from home. Long hours and the legal profession go together like paracetamol and a hangover – one naturally follows the other. But for some lawyers this is a bitter pill to swallow. For them, a successful legal […]

In brief: Ombudsman Barnes appointed to LAB

Former Legal Services ombudsman Sir Michael Barnes has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Legal Aid Board for a period of three years with effect from 1 October. He will also serve as chair of the regional services committees of the East Midland and West Midland regions, based at the Nottingham and Birmingham […]

Quote of the week

“Because of their desk-bound lifestyle, lawyers have a tendency to run to fat after the age of 28. Although handsomely paid, they prefer to spend other people’s money. You can tell a lawyer by his suit – it doesn’t look cheap but it won’t be too fashionable (plenty of double-breasted jacketsA Floppy hair (if they […]

Mavericks set up niche employment firm

Former Warner Cranston lawyers David Warner and Michael Jones are to set up their own niche employment firm, Jones & Warner, and aim to employ lawyers who want to work part-time and from home. Warner founded Warner Cranston, and retired in April 1997. Jones, a barrister, founded the firm’s advocacy department five years ago but […]

Cadwaladers scores UK first

The London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has won its first major new client by being appointed to advise bondholders in the rescue of troubled UK telecom company Ionica. The appointment, after a beauty parade of several top firms in the US and UK, is a vindication of the New York firm’s heavy investment […]

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