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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?

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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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Open justice? Not in the county court

Restrictions on access to county court documents strike at fundamental tenets of English law, says Rupert Grey. Rupert Grey is joint senior partner of Crockers Oswald Hickson. Open justice is one of the fundamental principles of the English legal system. It should operate to ensure that the media can freely report court procedures and related […]

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Number of writs issued in 1997 falls

The number of writs and summonses issued in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division fell by 15 per cent in 1997, according to the Judicial Statistics Annual Report released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The average waiting time from issue of writ to start of trial fell by one week to 178 week.

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