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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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Alexanders Holding was advised by Fladgate Fielder in relation to a term loan facility of £1.75m to refinance acquisition costs of Alexanders of Lincoln with the Royal Bank of Scotland

All aboard the career express

Congratulations! You have completed your academic training and are set to embark on professional practice. But a word of caution for the naively optimistic – success at one does not guarantee success at the other. Assuming similar backgrounds and capabilities, some candidates will shoot straight to the top, leaving colleagues far behind. This is because […]

Strapped for cash

Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society’s training committee: I chair the Law Society’s training committee but I am writing in a personal capacity. The Law Society cannot do much more than it already has done in putting pressure on the Government to extend mandatory grants to the vocational course and persuading local education authorities […]

In brief: Women take look at glass ceiling

Alison Parkinson, vice-chair elect of the Association of Women Solicitors, will address a meeting of the Federation Internationale Des Femmes Des Carrieres Juridiques in London on 23 May. Parkinson will give a speech titled ‘Dismissal, redundancy and the glass ceiling’ at the Naval Club, W1. Two members of the group’s UK section will also speak. […]

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