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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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Building a consortium of likeminded firms can open up a world of training opportunities, says Colin Davey The dictionary definition of a consortium is: “An association or grouping of institutions, businesses or financial organisations, usually set up for a common purpose that would be beyond the capabilities of a single member of the group.” But, […]

Akzo Nobel ruling delivers blow to in-house lawyers

Europe’s second-highest court dismissed today a complaint by Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel against the European Commission (EC) in a judgment that has serious implications for in-house lawyers. The Court of First Instance (CFI) agreed that the EC was right in deeming that communication between general counsel and their in-house clients was not privileged information, […]

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Lord Chief Justice fights Govt’s judiciary intrusion

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has called on the Government to stay away from the selection of judges in the wake of ‘The Governance of Britain’ green paper published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In a wide-ranging speech on judicial independence, Phillips told the Commonwealth Law Conference in Nairobi that the shake-up of […]

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