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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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Law Society in names for cash row

A Law Society initiative to sell members’ details to advertisers has led to a string of complaints from angry solicitors. Chancery Lane has received 15 complaints about the initiative since January and now plans to place announcements in its journal, the Gazette, to alert members. Solicitors will be advised that they can take their names […]

Law Soc goes back to the drawing board on leaflets

ONE HUNDRED thousand Law Society public advice leaflets on how to instruct solicitors, which caused a storm of protest over their constant reference to costs, are to be pulped and rewritten at a cost of thousands of pounds. Controversy surrounding the leaflets, ‘Working with your solicitor’, flared up shortly before the Law Society’s elections when […]

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Richard Koppes, renowned American shareholders’ rights expert, has joined Jones Day Reavis & Pogue from his post as the second in command of the US’s largest public pension fund, the Californian Public Employees Retirement System. As deputy executive officer at CalPERS he helped develop and implement the pension fund’s corporate governance programme and became a […]

There's no smoke without fire

However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously. Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen’s Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a […]

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