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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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Part of a grand design

Visual aids are a vital ally in promoting professional services, says Chris Sessions The marketing of any service within the legal profession can appear daunting, even to those companies which have employed specialists before. To alleviate this the aim of any good design company is to work in partnership with its clients to create a […]

Westminster solicitor rejects cover-up claims

FRESHFIELDS partner Robert Lewis, who has been accused of helping Tory councillors to cover-up an alleged gerrymandering scam, has fiercely rejected the auditor’s “monstrous and dreadful conclusion”. He told the Westminster Council homes-for-votes hearing that the provisional findings of auditor John Magill had “cast a shadow” over his professional life. Lewis, the council’s deputy chief […]

Guns at ready for parking

Croydon Council is seeking a High Court order banning one of its residents from parking a massive, self-propelled gun on a road in the borough. The council claims that such parking is illegal under the provisions of the 1980 Highways Act.

ESPC slams fair trade referral

ESPC is a company run by solicitors which displays details about houses for sale. The DGFT is concerned about the centre’s policy of preventing members from submitting property details if an estate agent is also advertising the property. Sir Bryan says this discourages home-owners from placing properties with both an estate agent and a solicitor. […]

Making the most of interactive training

Legal training has not been subject to the same onslaught from information technology as other aspects of the business. While computer graphics are occasionally brought in to jazz up presentations, the tired trinity of presenter, flip chart and slide projector persists. Now we have an alternative for legal training in the development of interactive compact […]

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