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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: Berwins conference for Israeli business

City firm Berwin Leighton is hosting a conference for Israeli businesses at the Sheraton Hotel on 17 and 18 January. The event, organised in association with the Israel Export Institute, covers raising capital and business expansion in the UK and Europe.

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BCE Holdings was advised by Wallace & Partners in relation to an u11m placing of shares primarily to fund acquisitions.

Law firms on hit-list for IT thieves

Gangs across Britain are targeting law firms and stealing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, suppliers warn. The profession is being hit by a “thefts-to-order” campaign, according to a founder member of the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers. Stephen Taylor-Parker says that highly computer-literate gangs are targeting legal practices in a series of […]

Service sets lawyers on the move

A travel service specifically aimed at lawyers and offering a 24-hour hotline for their clients has started up. Clients can call the Lawyer’s Travel Service at any time of the day or night, and switchboard operators will pass the message on to their travelling lawyer as arranged. The service is an offshoot of the City-based […]

On the front line of legal practice

Tim Miller explores the military option and finds out about the strategic operations involved in Army Legal Services Clad in their nuclear-biological-chemical warfare protection suits, they carried a ‘Manual of Military Law’ under one arm and a 9mm pistol under the other. The weapons training and the combat fitness test may have seemed like cosmetic […]

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