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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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A&O partner attacks discovery process

THE DISCOVERY process does little to affect the outcome of litigation in the vast majority of cases, according to a survey by Allen & Overy. A&O partner David Mackie highlighted the findings at Lord Woolf’s final seminar on Access to Justice. Mackie told City lawyers and judges that the existing system was “unsatisfactory” before pointing […]

Hammond Suddards restructure

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In brief: Government approves judges' pay award

The Government has approved a 2.5 per cent pay increase for judges, at a cost of u3.9 million to the pay bill. The decision follows the publication of the 1995 reports of the review bodies. Prime Minister John Major last week announced the changes would be implemented by 1 April, saying costs would be met […]

Let sleeping dogs lie, says judge

BARTY the springer spaniel adds a welcome human touch to proceedings at Colchester County Court, according to his master Judge Nicholas Brandt. Last week Judge Brandt rubbished claims that the elderly pet had distracted a defendant from conducting his own defence by snoring. He threw out an application for a retrial. Speaking after the case, […]

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