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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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In brief: City firm funds Greenwich University law

CITY law firm Stephenson Harwood is funding the chair of comparative law at the University of Greenwich for the next three years at a total cost of u45,000. Senior partner Donald Amlot says: “It makes sense for us to support a chair on comparative law. The University of Greenwich is a new university with a […]

CRE fights solicitor's race claim against club

The Commission for Racial Equality is taking legal action on behalf of a leading London solicitor who claims he suffered racial discrimination by a former City client. Sarosh Zaiwalla, senior partner of London-based Zaiwalla & Co, claims that legal work was withdrawn from him because of his Indian origins. The CRE is suing Britannia Steamship […]

It's good to talk

Linda Tsang examines the growing area of communications and finds how firms are keeping track of their business Telephone, telegram and telling the lawyer in the adjoining office used to be the quickest ways to pass on any vital information. With the arrival of email, voice mail and video conferencing, that is no longer the […]

Wandsworth shortlists bids for litigation work

Tim Miller TWELVE firms have been invited by Wandsworth council to tender for each of the litigation contracts after more than 100 expressed an initial interest. A further 35 firms are considering putting in bids for social services work, according to borough solicitor Martin Walker. In-house teams are expected to be among the bidders for […]

Law Society may step in on pension probe actions

THE LAW Society wants to hear from all solicitors who are instructed by victims of mis-sold personal pension products, to decide whether it should involve its multi-party action co-ordination service. Edwina Dunn, head of information services and in charge of the co-ordination service, says the society will, at the very least, help to provide information […]

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