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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: Mathews and Sayer's joint election ticket

Michael Mathews and Robert Sayer, respectively vice-president and deputy vice-president of the Law Society, have announced that they will stand on the same ticket if this summer’s presidential election is contested. In a joint statement they said: “For the last nine months we have worked together and we intend to continue to do so. Success […]

In brief: Head to head at Foot

Plymouth firm Foot & Bowden has recruited barrister Sebastian Head (pictured right) to front a new three-man land use and planning team for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Head practised at 2 Mitre Court and King’s Bench Chambers in Plymouth.

Media access to prisoners under scrutiny

Two prisoners are trying to overturn a decision that prevents inmates’ from communicating with the media, reports Roger Pearson The journalist’s right to gain professional access to those serving prison sentences is currently under scrutiny. The Law Lords are considering whether to allow a challenge to an Appeal Court ruling that will enable prison authorities […]

A&O's hiccup could prove fatal

European alliances and mergers are all the rage, but conflicting ambitions can be destructive, reports Richard Tyler As Linklaters readies itself to plunge into a federation of the seven leading firms in Europe, it would do well to take a careful look at the problems its rival Allen & Overy is experiencing on the Continent. […]

Law Society goes online after DTI grant

The Law Society launched a new Internet Web site last week, following a £43,000 Department of Trade and Industry grant as part of an attempt to make the profession more accessible to the public.

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