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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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Bar Council examines beefed-up equality code

A NEW revised equality code for chambers was due to be discussed by the Bar Council on Saturday. The code has been considerably beefed up since it was first sent out to chambers throughout the country two years ago. In recent months a Bar Council implementation committee has been redrafting the code to take into […]

Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives. These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state […]

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Linda Packard says law firms that avoid giving advice on Discrete Investment Business are ignoring on a prime opportunity Financial services can be a lucrative part of a legal practice. However, many firms have been disillusioned by the ever-increasing number of regulations and rules that apply to financial services advice and have shied away from […]

First firms fail franchise audit tests

TWO London franchise holders have been suspended by the Legal Aid Board after failing their first post-contract audits. Legal Aid Board chief executive Stephen Orchard says the firms now have three months to put things right or face the termination of their contracts. He says the suspensions will serve as a warning to other firms […]

Coleclough gets Simmons top tax post

Simmons & Simmons tax partner Stephen Coleclough gets the top departmental job as head of corporate tax following the departure of Edward Troup. Coleclough is also appointed chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s indirect taxes sub-committee. Coleclough, 33, has been with the firm since 1987 and a partner since 1991. He currently heads the […]

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