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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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Legal executives win advocacy right

Legal executives will be allowed to appear in a range of new courts, after being granted extended rights of audience by the Lord Chancellor. The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) president, John Wells, announced that the Lord Chancellor has approved ILEX’s application for the extended rights yesterday. The decision means that legal executives will now […]

UK Roundup: Management

End to Eversheds’ lockstep could herald growth End to Eversheds‘ lockstep could herald growth At The Lawyer, firms’ international strategies often vie with their equity structures for page space. Both are perennial issues for the UK’s largest firms and, with the end of the financial year in April, the latter was recently a particularly high […]

Govt barrister returns to Blackstone

Barrister Emma Dixon has returned to practise at Blackstone Chambers after four years working with the Government Legal Service (GLS). Dixon specialises in public law, human rights and environmental law. While at the GLS, Dixon helped develop and implement the employment directive and advised the Government on medical ethics. Dixon originally joined Blackstone in 1996.

Bar appoints new complaints commissioner

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed senior civil servant Robert Behrens as the new Bar Complaints Commissioner. Behrens, previously secretary to the committee on Standards in Public Life, succeeds Michael Scott in the role and takes up his post on 1 June. The complaints commissioner reviews the system for handling complaints against barristers as […]

Dickinson Dees in profits dip as turnover rises ten per cent

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has increased its turnover for the tenth consecutive year, hitting £47.8m. The figure is up ten per cent on last year’s, when top line was £43.8m. Projected profit per equity partner (PEP) is down on last year, however. 2005-6 PEP is £320,000, while in 2004-5 it was £326,000. Managing partner Neil Braithwaite […]

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