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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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Renewal of emergency law shows 'disregard' for rights

CIVIL and human rights groups are dismayed at the Government’s renewal of its existing emergency powers in Northern Ireland. They argue that even the recent drug-related killings, widely thought to be the work of IRA members, do not constitute a proper state of emergency. Renewal of the “excessive” powers for another two years is against […]

Order 17 Litigation/Libel. The trigger for reform

DURING the last four working days before Christmas 1995 the Master of the Rolls, together with Lord Justice Waite and Lord Justice Otton, clarified some of the most litigated aspects of Order 17, rule 11 of the County Court Rules. Judgments were given immediately after each group of cases. The Court of Appeal held that: […]

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UK and South African governments back advocacy training programme

A TEAM of South African barristers has arrived in London to learn the skills of advocacy training from leading UK barristers. The visit marks the start of a major training programme being jointly funded by the UK and South African governments. It also signifies the breaking of new ground for the Inns of Court Advocacy […]

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