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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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The market in which firms operate has gone through major changes over the last few years, reflecting change in the UK economy as a whole. But the implications of these changes have not been grasped by many lawyers yet, particularly with respect to the ending of inflation as a significant influence on the legal firm. […]

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The President of the Law Society, Martin Mears, has complained that prov-iders of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) enjoy a gravy train rather than provide good quality education. He is also said to favour the abolition of the CPD requirements altogether. Getting back to fundamentals, what is CPD trying to achieve? It is not designed to […]

In brief: US practice managers plan London meeting

The Association of Legal Administrators, the US practice managers’ group, will hold a conference in London next month focusing on the business of managing a law firm in a global economy. ‘New trends in practice management’ will bring together specialists from the UK and the US to address topics including current trends in law firm […]

Luck of the Irish still holding

Though there is an underlying note of caution about the long-term outlook among firms in Northern Ireland, lawyers in the province say they are engaged on the large amount of work generated before the ceasefire breakdown. However, others believe the ceasefire has not de facto broken in the province. They attributed this to the low […]

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 […]

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