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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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Departments go Dutch over work

SOUTH Holland Council’s legal section merges with its finance department at the end of the month as the authority divides up into business units. The Lincolnshire council is undertaking a wholesale re-organisation in the run up to the tendering of white collar services, although legal work will not be contracted out. Conveyancing and litigation was […]

Property lawyers move on to fresh pastures

FORMER Freshfields partner Ian Fisher has defected to West End firm Fladgate Fielder saying the move will allow him more scope to pursue his institutional property speciality. Fisher was a partner for 15 years in City-based Freshfields’ commercial property department, but says he feels domestic institutional work was being marginalised there. In a second commercial […]

Appeal Court side-stepped case, claims Woods' lawyer

THE SIXTEEN-year saga of Peggy Wood’s fight for justice has finally ended amid claims that the Court of Appeal “side-stepped the issue”. Wood hoped to establish that the Law Society owed a duty of care when investigating complaints against solicitors. But the Court of Appeal last week threw out the case on the grounds that […]

In brief: Solicitor takes McKennas to tribunal

Former McKenna & Co solicitor Eileen Herlihy is due to claim unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination at an industrial tribunal hearing scheduled for this week. The case is listed to be heard at the Whittington House tribunal court in London. McKenna & Co says it is vigorously contesting the case and is ready to go […]

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