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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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TV in courts 'possible'

The attorney-general, Sir Nicholas Lyell, told Bar conference delegates the Government had an “open mind” about televised courtrooms. Speaking at the international workshop, he said “certainly photographs and possibly television” could be allowed in courts. “I really don’t see why there should not be still photographs, but photographers would then have to remove themselves. “There […]

Mears' debut sparks heated debate

LAW Society Council new-comer Martin Mears has stirred up a hornet’s nest at his first meeting by proposing a controversial motion. The Norfolk solicitor broke with years of tradition with a hard-hitting maiden speech, calling on the council to take a closer look at criticisms levelled by the honorary auditor in the society’s annual report. […]

Dibbs reviews management structure behind closed doors

NATIONAL law firm Dibb Lupton Broomhead is believed to be considering changes to its management structure after a partners’ meeting at its London office last Thursday. Sources claim a range of proposals for change were put to partners, but no new moves had been unveiled to staff when The Lawyer went to press. Managing partner […]

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