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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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RAF flies into sex discrimination row

The Royal Air Force risks humiliation if found guilty of discrimination in a pending industrial tribunal, predicts Roger Pearson. Discrimination in the armed forces will hit the headlines again in December when a ruling is expected on a major sex discrimination claim against the RAF. If the ruling goes against it, it could prove a […]

EU and Med to trade

An EU proposal for a free trade area between the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries by the year 2010, could lead to the free movement of lawyers between those countries, according to the Law Society’s Brussels office. The non-EU countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Israel, the Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the […]

In brief: Centaur buys Consultancy Europe Associates

Centaur Communications, which owns The Lawyer and Lawtel, has bought Consultancy Europe Associates (CEA), which produces the Spicers Centre for Europe database covering all EU legislation and policy since 1987. Formed in 1989 by Peter Winter and Charles Bright, CEA acquired the database and related assets of Spicers in December 1991. After the death of […]

High Court breaches 'Chinese walls'

Roger Pearson reports on a conflict of interest ruling against KPMG, a state of affairs as yet foreign to most accountants. The question of preservation of confidentiality, when members of a profession are instructed to act for a client whose interests conflict with those of another client, has come under close scrutiny in both the […]

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