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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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Puddephatt signs up to Charter 88

THE TOP job at one of Britain’s leading legal rights pressure groups is up for grabs following the resignation of Andrew Puddephatt as general secretary of Liberty. Puddephatt will join political campaign group Charter 88 in September as full-time director after six years at Liberty, replacing Colin Darracott. He leaves behind him a five-strong legal […]

DTI calls last orders on S&N brewery bid

Scottish & Newcastle’s £425 million bid for Fosters-owned Courage, the mega brewery deal involving Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines, could be delayed by Government proposals for company undertakings. The DTI’s undertakings aim to ensure the newly-formed business will conform to Government policy relating to pub property ownership, as set out in the MMC’s Beer Orders. […]

In brief: Think-tank demands employment reform

The Institute of Employment Rights, the think-tank supported by trade unions, has published a report arguing for reform of the law surrounding strike and industrial action. Gwyneth Pitt, professor of law at the University of Huddersfield, argues for new positive rights to protect employees against dismissal for taking strike action. She also says courts are […]

Infinity upgrade woos chambers

Helen Sage reports More sets of chambers are installing ACE Systems’ latest version of Infinity software. The new software has attracted both Pick users who have decided to switch from their existing system and Unix users upgrading from the previous version of the software. The strategy planner enables greater user control over data and includes […]

New-look injuries Bill 'still unfair'

THE GOVERNMENT faces further opposition from lawyers to its Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill following the earlier debacle when it was ruled unlawful by the Lords. Two senior practitioners have identified outstanding criticisms of the tariff-based scheme in separate briefing papers on the revised proposals. Andrew Dismore of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and Suzanne […]

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