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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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In brief: Law Society course may have netted £1m

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) claimed last week that the Law Society makes a profit from students on the legal practice course. The TSG said that figures produced by the Law Society revealed that the Law Society may have made a £1m profit from students since the course was introduced in 1993.

Translation: a simple matter of interpretation?

Interpreting the English “legalese” used by many international business contracts is no easy matter, reports Richard Tyler. How quick is “promptly”? What is the difference between a “representation” and a “warranty”, and are “best endeavours” better than “best efforts”? These are just some of the problems foreign lawyers and judges face when trying to interpret […]

Criticism is disingenuous

David McNeil’s response to the Fabian Society report by Andrew Francis and myself (The Lawyer, 9 june) was both pompous and disingenuous. First, he states that “self-regulation works better than any other, alternative arrangement”. How would he know? The Law Society has never seriously considered giving up self-regulation for the benefit of consumers as this […]

In brief: Two new partners for niche firm Wrigleys

Yorkshire firm Wrigleys has appointed Julia Boyes and David Goldrick as partners, bringing the total number of partners to six. The niche private client and charities firm has doubled in size in the past year.

Bahl's call for sex equality “superlaw' gathers support

A call by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) for a sex equality “superlaw” has received widespread backing. EOC chair Kamlesh Bahl last week called for a single replacement for a plethora of laws which, she said, conflicted with each other and with EU law. She said the EOC had received 200 replies to a paper […]

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