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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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Ride operator faces legal rollercoaster

Roger Pearson reports on an illiterate ride operative’s High Court battle against fairground giant Bob Wilson & Sons. The country’s oldest trade union, the Showman’s Guild, is facing a High Court challenge from ride operator Barry Print, in a battle over allocation of fairground pitches. In a writ issued on his behalf by Chelmsford firm […]

Art in the courtroom

I was interested to read the article “The art of legal practice” in The Lawyer (28 July 1998). In a rather more modest way, I have been encouraging a local sixth form college to hold a competition among its “A” level art students, so that the winning art can be displayed in our tribunal rooms. […]

Cost disputes: what cost to the solicitor's reputation?

Marlene Winfield says that solicitors must be more transparent about exactly how much their services are going to cost the consumer. Marlene Winfield is senior policy officer at the National Consumer Council. Last year, I was having problems with a bowing wall in my Victorian semi. The surveyor thought it might be a drains problem. […]

Paternal rights gain further impetus

The favoured right of mothers to win possession of their children after divorce is no longer set in stone, writes Roger Pearson. Fathers battling for the right to care for their children following a marriage break-up have received a major boost from a senior divorce judge. For many years, the common judicial opinion was that […]

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