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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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Merged firm makes play for Europe

CITY firm Druces & Attlee is striking out for the European legal market after an amalgamation move brought in a batch of new overseas clients. Druces has joined up with Michael Pearson and his firm Herringtons. It has also taken on new partners Stephen Baister and David Thomas. Pearson, formerly senior partner with Herringtons, brings […]

Ex-Law Soc president urges caution on Hayes' successor

A TWO-year presidency stripped of its ceremonial role is the best way forward for the Law Society, according to former president Rodger Pannone. Pannone has greeted the announcement of secretary general John Hayes’ resignation by urging the society not to rush into the appointment of a successor until it has hammered out a reform package. […]

Sexism still rife, survey says

FEW female solicitors appear to support Law Society president Martin Mears’ comments that the Equal Opportunities Commission has outlived its usefulness, according to a survey on sexual discrimination. The survey of 378 female solicitors in UK firms, conducted by legal recruitment consultants Daniels Bates, found that only 30 per cent thought they had the same […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 05/09/95

JACK GEORGE TRUST-HAM, 64, admitted 1969 and CHRISTOPHER JOHN GREY, 50, admitted 1971, practising at material time as Wigram & Co, London W1, fined £3,500 each and ordered to pay £4,224 costs. Allegations substantiated they wrongly drew client money, failed to pay client money into client account and failed to comply with terms of professional […]

No argument over award for Quarrell

John Quarrell, leading pensions lawyer and Nabarro Nathanson’s “school of life” philosopher, has won a top pensions accolade. Quarrell was named top pensions lawyer and his team the strongest pensions practice in Pensions Management magazine, after a survey of partners at 43 leading firms. A lawyer friend said of him: “A great achiever, an Ernest […]

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