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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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Long hours: a sign of poor practice

Lawyers must insist on their EU-sanctioned right to a 48-hour week. And so should their bosses, says Neasa MacErlean . WHY are lawyers so likely to be workaholics? This question was indirectly addressed in a research report on long working hours from the Institute of Personnel and Development last week. Although the document did not […]

Freshfields Deringer

In line with the plans in their “strategic alliance”, the Brussels offices of Freshfields and its German associate Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have joined forces to form a 40-lawyer EU and Belgian law practice – called Freshfields Deringer.

Closing the door on change

The Government’s latest proposals to reform the immigration system are fatally flawed, believes Richard Dunstan. Richard Dunstan is secretary of the immigration law sub-committee at the Law Society. No one with any experience of immigration and asylum work would dispute the Government’s assessment of the current system as “a shambles”. Indeed, in sharp contrast to […]

Is this the court of tomorrow?

Bill Cannings gives a guided tour of information technology that could dispose of paper bundles in the courtroom. Bill Cannings is managing director at Valid Information Systems. A casual observer arriving at court two of Southwark Crown Court building would be forgiven for thinking that they had stepped into a Nasa control centre. The judge’s […]

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