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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Law Soc backs army rights of audience

IN-HOUSE army lawyer Lt Col Stephen Vowles has been successful in his bid for rights of audience. The Law Society has given the army officer a block exemption from the society’s training programme and exam on the strength of his considerable court martial experience. Vowles, who last year prosecuted a murder case in Germany, is […]

Couderts' pair defect to Hammonds

COUDERT Brothers partners Christopher Haan and Peter Simpson have quit the firm to take up partnerships at the Leeds-based practice Hammond Suddards. The move comes only two years after the pair sent shock waves through the legal community by defecting to Couderts from City practice SJ Berwin & Co, where Haan was senior partner. Haan […]

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Doughty Street recruits four

Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers. David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell’s chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard’s chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC’s chambers in […]

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