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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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Arnold Rosen, a London solicitor who allegedly told a client that a clerk at a Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court was a “silly cow”, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors after he was reported by a policeman who overheard his comment.

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I refer to the letter from Imrana Quraishi in The Lawyer, 18 November. May I suggest that it is not that firms are being discourteous when they do not reply to the enormous number of applicants for training contracts, rather that it does not make economic and/or business sense. When you look at the cost […]

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Tim Hardy looks at how the new broadcasters’ code on privacy has been received. Tim Hardy is a specialist in press and broadcasting complaints at Cameron McKenna. The Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) – formerly the Broadcasting Complaints Commission – published its first code on fairness and privacy for broadcasters on 24 November. The code is […]

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