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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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In brief: Andersens withstands Texas allegations

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In brief: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

CPS lawyers lament Falconer's departure

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers have reacted with disappointment to Solicitor General Lord Falconer’s departure from the Attorney General’s Department to take up a more senior post. The ebullient former barrister and close friend of the Blairs was one of the winners in last week’s reshuffle when he was promoted to become Jack Cunningham’s deputy […]

Sowing doubt over engineered crops

A new firm has found recognition after representing an organic farmer in a dispute over genetic engineering, writes Roger Pearson. Just one month after setting up in practice, two-partner firm Earthrights Solicitors, of Takeley in Essex, has found itself in the High Court and the Court of Appeal facing formidable opposition – in the form […]

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