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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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The Law Society last week called for more judges trained in family work when it gave evidence to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee. Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva said the welfare of a child must always be paramount. “Current legislation recognises this,” she said. “However, the aspect of the system that must […]

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Zimbabwe legal system panned by bar leaders

An international coalition of lawyers has slammed the legal system in Zimbabwe. Bar leaders, including the chair of the Bar of England and Wales Stephen Irwin QC, and representatives from Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, visited Zimbabwe in April 2004 to produce a report on the state of the country’s […]

US firms vie for bragging rights to staff bonuses

The US bonus war is in full swing with a trio of New York’s elite firms announcing whopping end-of-year sweeteners for associates. Sullivan & Cromwell announced a $20,000 (£10,400) bonus for first-year associates last month (26 November), in addition to the one-off $10,000 (£5,200) windfall the firm unveiled in October. Last week, M&A powerhouse Cravath Swaine & Moore […]

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