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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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Charity law group plans legislation

THE CHARITY Law Association (CLA) is to present draft legislation on the constitution of charities to the Home Office next year. The association is sponsoring research at Liverpool University with the aim of finding a simple system to replace the present web of regulations. CLA chair Anne Marie Piper says directors of charities with ordinary […]

Five-part caution 'unworkable'

PLANS to allow courts to draw an adverse inference from an accused person’s silence will require five new cautions and much more work from lawyers, the Law Society claims. Roger Ede, secretary of the society’s criminal law committee, says the single caution proposed by the Government under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill is […]

Points wide of the mark

Your 4 October edition had a number of interesting articles about what the membership thinks of the Law Society’s leadership and functions. Geoffrey Adams of Cardiff is wide of the mark on two matters he mentions. The first is the history of franchising negotiations. The society did not suddenly “decide to consult with the profession” […]

Novell update

Novell UK has announced that subsequent versions of Envoy, the portable document tool, can support integration with third-party components via a plug-in architecture called Envoy Extensions. This is the framework that will allow third-party developers to partially customise the Envoy Viewer by adding software components. These enhancements, available in early 1995, will complement the Envoy […]

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