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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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Identifying fraud is key to prevention

Fraud and how to spot it is the subject of a book published by accountancy firm KPMG. ‘Fraud Watch: A guide for business’ is filled with real-life examples. KPMG wrote it in response to a request from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, says institute president Roger Lawson. Ian Huntington, co-author and […]

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The first 200 delegates to register for The Lawyer’s seventh annual ‘Information Systems for Lawyers’ conference in London will be given a complementary copy of Microsoft Office. Attendees can see the new software in action at the exhibition alongside the conference. The event takes place at the London Marriott Hotel on 14-15 February. Contact 071-434 […]

In the line of judicial fire

An increasing number of authorities are facing judicial review actions. Mary Heaney examines the impact of this The growing number of judicial review applications against local authorities is leading some to be more circumspect about how they take decisions. Barbara Cohen, principal solicitor at the London Borough of Camden, says: “We’re always aware of people […]

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