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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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New Ilex president

The Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) has chosen its youngest ever president. Paul Reed, 36, is a conveyancing specialist who works for London firm Evill & Coleman.

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Lindsay Cliff, a former Simkins Partnership solicitor, has returned from an in-house job in Australia to be European legal director for Internet company Yahoo! For the past four years she has been an in-house lawyer at Bertelsmann’s Australian subsidiary BMG Australia.

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Strategies for a euro future

With the imminent adoption of the single European currency, ensuring your systems are euro compliant is a wise investment, says Kiran Sandford. Kiran Sandford is a partner in the IT/telecoms group at Taylor Joynson Garrett. Although most organisations now have their Year 2000 compliance programmes well under way, many are not yet prepared for the […]

Questions to ask when seeking to forge an alliance

Does the alliance satisfy the strategic goals (assuming we have any) of our firm? Would our clients be interested eventually in using the expertise of our alliance partners? (Remember that alliance partners will make their own decisions). Are we willing to invest in developing and using a meaningful common brand name? Are we willing to […]

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