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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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Scuffle of the week

Following a public row about the Law Society’s u600,000 advertising campaign against Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms, the Lord Chancellor has announced he is not playing anymore. Lord Irvine is considering banning the society from using its u32m income from solicitors’ practising certificates for “trade union” activities. That would effectively mean goodbye to such stunning […]

In brief: The barristers' monopoly

The barristers’ monopoly at the High Court has been cut further after the Lord Chancellor agreed that patent agents can conduct their own cases in court instead of employing lawyers. The Institute of Legal Executives was given the same power last year.

Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Fear over international crime plans

The Government’s plan to give domestic courts greater powers to deal with international fraud has received a mixed response from City crime lawyers. The new powers in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – effective from 1 June – allow some offences to be tried in England and Wales if any act, omission […]

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