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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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In brief: Law Society evacuated during fire scare

The Law Society’s offices in Chancery Lane had to be evacuated and all staff sent home following a fire alert last Thursday afternoon. Although initially it was thought that there was a fire in the basement, the alert was eventually put down to smoke from outside the building finding its way into the air-conditioning system. […]

Irvine's reforms need financial clout

The Insurance Working Party, set up by the Lord Chancellors Department and the Association of British Insurers, met last Friday to discuss the logistics of putting the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid reforms together. Insurers were asked to make formal submissions on the reforms. Meanwhile, the financial implications for law firms, which may well face a […]

Buggins is dead

With reference to the article “Buggins strikes again in Law Society election controversy”, (The Lawyer, 3 February), the society has decided not to consider any changes to its bylaws which would prevent contested elections. The council of the Law Society will, in March, debate proposals for an informal procedure for candidates seeking election only to […]

Co-operation at the coalface

The sheer size of the British Coal multi-party action has led to firms working for a common goal, writes Chris Fogarty. After several years of case preparation and a hearing in the High Court that lasted 102 days, more than 100,000 former British Coal miners can breathe a little easier. In what is the longest-running […]

Alliance of Euro Lawyers chief goes to consultancy post at Hildebrandt

MARC BARTEL, the secretary general of the Alliance of European Lawyers, has left to join Hildebrandt, the international legal management consultancy firm. Bartel’s departure comes at a crucial time for the alliance, whose negotiations with Linklaters over a potential link-up are due to conclude before the end of the month. He was brought in by […]

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