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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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Despite fierce Bar Council opposition to extending rights of audience, the legal profession is overwhelmingly supporting the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper. Of 100 responses to the paper, 64 backed the proposals, 12 opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. The paper, which outlined plans to allow solicitors and Crown prosecutors […]

IBA's Paris-based rival elects English silk for new millennium

THE UNION Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has voted in only its third English president in its 71-year history as the group tries to build bridges with its largely English-speaking rival, the International Bar Association (IBA). At the UIA conference in Nice last month, prominent English barrister Nicholas Stewart QC, who is chairman of the Bar […]

Foil firmly backs Woolf's vision

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. In City Lawyer’s report, “ADR’s latest threat to City litigators” (The Lawyer 24 November), it was incorrect to link my name, the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) or my firm with the suggestion that […]

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Simmons & Simmons is hosting The Solicitors’ Human Rights Group’s first annual lecture this Tuesday. The lecture, entitled “Finding your way to a human rights practice”, will be given by barrister James Behrens of 13 Old Square. Wednesday evening sees the launch of the no doubt gargantuan Legal 500 at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate.

Divorce is no place for 'nasty' lawyers

Leading playwright Terence Frisby believes that the legal profession is ill-equipped to deal with the emotive issues that surround divorce proceedings. It was when a member of staff at the Royal Courts of Justice held a door for me, touched his cap and said, “Morning, Mr Frisby”, that I realised something had gone seriously wrong […]

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