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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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Dentons trainee to fly the UK flag in Tokyo

A DENTON Hall trainee solicitor has left London for Tokyo as the only UK lawyer to take part in an executive training programme run by the European Commission. Mark Stableford will spend 18 months in Japan, 12 of which will be taken up by extensive language and culture training. The remaining six months will be […]

Criminal masterminds unveiled

Criminal cases are the ones that hit the headlines, from the Rose-mary West trial to James Bulger and the more technical fraud cases such as Barlow Clowes and Maxwell. And it is the criminal lawyers who get the glory and the brickbats. With such pressures, leading criminal practitioners are looking for silks who are “hungry […]

In brief: NHS complaints procedure questioned

New Health Service complaints procedures have been attacked by medical negligence lawyers who claim the system will cause “needless litigation”. The Law Society has teamed up with specialist lawyers to urge the NHS to drop its stipulation that patients considering legal action must automatically be excluded from its new complaints procedure, which was unveiled in […]

Lawyers go in search of e-vacancies

Alison Laferia reports Lawyers will soon be able to look for jobs via email. LawNews is a free email service that offers subscribers details of legal vacancies and a little news. The service goes live on 1 June. For more information, contact Karen Brockman on 01603 870201 or email her at karen@badgerap.demon.co.uk. Meanwhile, Scottish firm […]

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There are few structural changes among local firms in the Northern Irish marketplace this year, where the top performers show little sign of expansion. The major change comes from outside the province with the arrival of London firm Kennedys and Dublin firm Arthur Cox. There are constant rumours that other UK firms are looking at […]

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