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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 […]

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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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Sympathy rather than punishment

Roger Pearson looks at a decision in which a woman was granted relierf from forfeiture due to the peculiar circumstances of her case. A Court of Appeal decision in July gave new guidance on the law of forfeiture. It indicates that even if a criminal act has been involved there can be relief from forfeiture […]

Watford partner set to become Lord Mayor

Richard Nichols, senior partner at six-partner high street practice Sedgwick Kelly in Watford, has been elected the Lord Mayor of London. His election by the members of the City’s livery companies was unopposed. He will serve a year in office, from his inauguration on 8 November. Lord Mayors must have been previously elected both an […]

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I read the article regarding the difficulties UK-qualified lawyers had qualifying in New York state when they did not have a law degree (The Lawyer, 16 September). I would like to draw your attention to a similar problem I have encountered with the Law Society here. I have dual French and English nationality, but went […]

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