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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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The BBC has restructured its legal division in a bid to increase overall efficiency. The move is accompanied by the creation of a new intellectual property department designed to protect the BBC brand name. Legal adviser Gareth Roscoe now heads a legal division with five departments: programme legal advice, litigation, statutory and commercial legal affairs, […]

Criminal hustice system shambolic says Heath, blaming narrow aims of police

The criminal justice system is in danger of becoming a laughing stock according to the president of the Justices’ Clerks Society. Speaking at the Justices’ Clerks Society Annual Conference on 8 May, Tony Heath described the justice system as shambolic and lacking an overall aim. Heath singled out the police for attack when he accused […]

CEDR claims solicitors avoid use of mediation

Solicitors are still not accepting mediation as a method of dispute resolution – that was the view from business at the Centre for Dispute Resolution at its conference last week. At the CEDR awards – in which Baker & McKenzie won the legal category for taking “ADR into the heart of its firm” – Lord […]

'Guesswork' jibe at govt legal aid plans

The Government’s plans to end free legal aid are based on misinformation and guesswork and should be dropped, according to a report by the National Consumer Council. In a detailed submission to the Government, published on Monday, the influential group says the plans will not necessarily save taxpayers’ money. The report warns that the costs […]

Whitewater counsel. Starr puts Kirklands on the map

Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr is fond of using themes when he tells stories. In the Whitewater investigation, a matter that can be as perplexing as it is complicated, he says the story is all about the truth. “Ultimately, Whitewater is about truth-telling in connection with loans made in the 1980s as well as with […]

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