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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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Irish solicitors set to challenge threat to client confidentiality

Dublin solicitors are threatening to judicially review the Irish Minister of Justice, John O’Donoghue, for his “draconian” proposals that would force solicitors to report their clients for suspected criminal activity. The incoming chair of the Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association, Hugh O’Neill, said that unless the Irish Minister of Justice’s proposal to extend the law against […]

It has been a good week for…

Former solicitor Tessa Street, who at 28 has become the first woman freeman of Oxford for 500 years. The last one was a 15th century fletcher. She now has the right to graze cattle on the city’s Port Meadow and to fish in the River Thames. Street was accepted because she had completed an apprenticeship […]

Hoon reveals IT justice vision

By Robert Lindsay. The Lord Chancellor’s deputy, Geoff Hoon, laid out the Government’s vision for a computerised criminal justice system at the Labour Party Conference last week. Hoon revealed that ministers from the Treasury, the Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Home Office and the Attorney General were meeting in order to consolidate the planning of the […]

In brief: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners – from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review – together with a formal interim review after six months – and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management […]

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