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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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Rose heralds the virtual chambers

Anthony Rose, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s former corporate head, is to set up a “virtual” law chambers along with five other leading City partners. Rose, who left Barlows in April to set up a sole practice, aims to launch the chambers, Hampden Legal, in the New Year. It will provide back-office services to a network […]

Injustice done to small firms

I was very interested to read your report (The Lawyer, 3 November) about the Government’s bid to stem the PFI gold rush frenzy. I was even more surprised by Denton Hall’s comment about the unacceptably low quality of service from some smaller firms. Categorising smaller or bigger firms on quality of service does not add […]

In brief: Irvine advised to extend rights of audience

The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct has advised the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to extend rights of audience to patent agents in intellectual property cases, including appeals from the High Court.

Spotlight: Genealogy:Making the most of gene genius

Tracking down lost beneficiaries may seem like the ideal task for a trainee, but employing experts makes financial sense for a firm, says Linda Tsang. Unsurprisingly, now is a busy time to be a solicitor winding up an estate. As one genealogist comments, many beneficiaries who have been told that they may be entitled to […]

Neil White on how far the Reynolds case bolsters free speech

Neil White is litigation partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett. The Court of Appeal decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers and Ors has been hailed as a breakthrough for free speech – but is it really quite such an advance? Reynolds, former Irish Taoiseach, said The Times had accused him of lying to parliament and sued […]

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