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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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Traditional work in chancery is gradually dying out. Private client work has been on the decline for some time and the traditions of Lincoln’s Inn have been overtaken by commercial practice. The change is reflected both in the more modern approach adopted by sets within the Inn and in practitioners moving from the Inn to […]

In brief: London firm to handle Warner theme park

London firm Olswang is acting for US film production and distribution company Warner Bros in the controversial £225 million joint investment with UK media group MAI to build a film and television studio, and theme park, in Green Belt land in West London. Senior partner Simon Olswang and corporate group partner Adrian Bott are handling […]

Laserforms for Windows scoops excellence award

Helen Sage reports Laserforms for Windows, the software for filling out forms on computer screen, has won the Outstanding Technology Award from the Society for Computers and Law. The prestigious award was presented to Laserforms’ managing director Barry Hawley-Green by Lord Woolf on 5 February. The ceremony took place at the Law Society. John Irving, […]

Complaints system works

You correctly report that the proposal to introduce a jurisdiction of inadequate professional services into the Bar complaints system has cost implications. But it has been an important and successfully achieved objective for the Bar Council that the new system should not have an unexpected impact on the level of Bar subscriptions. While the level […]

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