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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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Fat cats and doormats

I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine’s comments on “fat cat” barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system. If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an […]

Burnley appoints new head of legal

Solicitor Freda Sharkey has been appointed as head of legal services at Burnley Borough Council. Sharkey has had an extensive legal career which began at Liverpool City Council while she was studying to become a solicitor. She will replace Roger Hutchinson who is retiring from the Lancashire council. She was articled at Chelmsford Borough Council, […]

In brief: Lay people appointed to OSS committee

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has appointed three lay people and one solicitor to its compliance and supervision committee: Philip Davis, legal/industrial injuries officer at the General, Municipal and Boilermakers trade union, Manjot Dhanjal, senior urban policy officer with Birmingham City Council, Valerie Moore, former head of finance and resources at the National […]

Manches takes over Oxford firm

City firm Manches & Co has taken on five of the seven partners and all four assistants of 224-year-old Oxford firm Morrell Peel & Gamlen, nearly doubling the size of its Oxford office. The two remaining Morrell partners – private client lawyer Nigel Roots and property lawyer Richard Bell – are to join Boodle Hatfield’s […]

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