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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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Public Interest Perspectives in Environmental Law

WHITE collar criminals locked up in the Australian state of New South Wales could be forced to pay AUS$50,000 (£22,000) a year for their stay in prison if a law proposed by the state’s premier is passed. In an unprecedented move Bob Carr has announced plans to charge white collar offenders and prisoners jailed for […]

Bacfi puts focus on arbitration

LORD Justice Saville is to deliver a keynote speech on arbitration at the Denning Lecture held by the in-house barristers’ group Bacfi. The Appeal Court judge has accepted an invitation by the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry to deliver the annual Denning Lecture on 22 May. Judge Saville will speak on arbitration and […]

Dinner ladies 'victims of discrimination'

NORTH Yorkshire County Council discriminated against three dinner ladies by refusing to pay them salaries on a par with male counterparts, the House of Lords ruled last week. The women, who won their appeal before Lords Slynn, Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Nicholls and Steyn, were chosen by their union Unison as test cases for 1,300 colleagues who […]

Nabarros reviews salary situation of secretarial staff laid off with RSI

A NUMBER of Nabarro Nathanson secretaries suffering from upper limb disorder have been told they will have their salaries terminated. The decision by the firm comes after some of the secretaries have been off work on full pay for between six months and two years. However, the plan is not to terminate their employment but […]

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