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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Merchant recruits

Merchant Chambers in Manchester has head-hunted two new tenants. Catherine Fisher and Neil Berragan have joined the set from Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham and 9 St John Street in Manchester, respectively. Established a year ago, Merchant chambers, which is headed by David Berkley, has set out to capture banking work in the North West and […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 16/12/97

Robert Edward Collard, 40, admitted 1984, practising at material time as Collards, Reading, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £2,218 costs. At the time of the hearing he was not practising as a solicitor. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver an accountant’s report, failed to comply with a requirement of Solicitors Complaints Bureau (SCB), […]

Ontario opts for breakaway lawyers' union

LAWYERS in Canada’s most populous province are in the process of setting up a single union which they hope will give them greater representation than their law society, the Law Society of Upper Canada. Prime movers behind the plan to build the new union for lawyers in Ontario, which can be compared to the grassroots […]

Flotations

Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland-based retailer ScS Upholstery on its £33m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The sponsor, Singer & Friedlander, was advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

In brief: Hitch in legal aid plans, claims Law Soc

The Law Society claims the government’s legal aid reforms could be delayed by up to a year after it commissioned a counsel’s opinion which argued that the changes will need primary legislation. But a spokesman from the Lord Chancellor’s Department said the Lord Chancellor had himself sought counsel’s opinion on the matter, adding: “He would […]

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