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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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ON 31 July in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justices Stuart-Smith, Millett and Morritt gave a seminal judgm- ent on wives’ entitlement to rely upon Barclays Bank v O’Brien defences, in particular when previously advised by a solicitor (Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge). Eight appeals were considered and the outcome shows the difficulty for […]

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US victory fuels Jewish victims' hope

The settlement in the US by Swiss banks to compensate wartime Jews could fuel action in the UK, reports James Boxell. The billion-dollar legal action in the US brought by 31,000 Holocaust survivors and their relatives against several Swiss banks has finally been brought to a close. The $1.25bn (£800m) settlement agreed by Union Bank […]

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Champagne corks are popping for those firms posting record profits, but Philip Hoult and Robert Lindsay wonder whether a hangover is in the offing. Law firms will look back on the 1997/1998 financial year as a halcyon period. Amazingly, nearly every firm in The Lawyer Top 50 broke its record for both turnover and profitability. […]

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