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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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In brief: Morgan gets ITV lawyer 'Oscar'

Leon Morgan, senior partner at London-based Davenport Lyons, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by judges at this year’s Independent Television Association annual legal and business affairs party. Morgan was presented with the award – an ITV “Oscar” – last Wednesday night.

Fundholding 'seriously flawed'

The Social Market Foundation’s “fundholders for justice” scheme for legal aid, currently being considered by the Government, is based on out-of-date statistics and contains “seriously flawed” analysis, says the Law Society. In a damning report, the society says the money-saving proposal would turn legal aid into “a lottery”. “Cash-limiting legal aid might be attractive to […]

Conference aims to help students understand Bar

Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers. David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell’s chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard’s chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC’s chambers in […]

In brief: Young solicitors discuss quality of life

The London branch of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group has met with Young Solicitors’ Group chair Andy Unger to discuss quality of life in the legal profession. The meeting, held at Wilde Sapte’s new Fleet Place offices earlier this month, included input on control over hours, more flexible approaches for fee-earners, use of technology, and team […]

Law Soc backs army rights of audience

IN-HOUSE army lawyer Lt Col Stephen Vowles has been successful in his bid for rights of audience. The Law Society has given the army officer a block exemption from the society’s training programme and exam on the strength of his considerable court martial experience. Vowles, who last year prosecuted a murder case in Germany, is […]

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