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Starting Point Employment Law Guide – Jersey Update – September 2018

By Siobhan Riley, Huw Thomas, Tarina Le Boutillier Whilst in the UK changes to employment legislation generally happen in April, major changes to Jersey employment law have in recent years occurred in September. September 2018 is no exception and will arguably be the busiest September for Jersey HR professionals for some years. There is a raft of changes […]

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 […]

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Women across the profession will no doubt be delighted by the appointment of Heather Hallett QC as chair-in-waiting of the Bar. It is good to see that to some degree traditional male bastions are being eroded. It also sends a positive message to female barristers that perhaps there is room at the top after all. […]

Cahalane is PR head at Law Society

The new director of communications at the Law Society, Barbara Cahalane, is turning her attention from accountants to solicitors. Cahalane, 37, joins the 80,000-member Law Society from the 50,000-member Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, where she had been head of public relations since 1994. She succeeds Sue Stapely, who left the post earlier this year […]

Memories of campus days

I note with interest a claim by the South Wales firm Hugh James to be the first in the country to launch free campus-based legal advice clinics for students. Without wishing to dash their hopes, my firm originally operated a free clinic in the Students Union at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, for […]

Foreign lawyers face Czech examinations

Foreign lawyers practising in the Czech Republic have complained to the Chamber of Advocates in Prague about a new law requiring foreign lawyers to pass an exam. The Act on Legal Advocacy, which became law in July, rules that foreign lawyers cannot practise international law until they have passed written and oral exams on the […]

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