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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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Race victims 'get poor deal'

VICTIMS of racially motivated crimes get a poor deal from lawyers and the legal system, a Law Society conference heard. But the conference was split on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendation for a specific crime of racial violence. Barrister Courtney Griffiths said the law was adequate and legislation would divert attention from more practical […]

Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court. Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of ‘Judge over your shoulder’, a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making. The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have […]

Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

Lawyers from the UK’s ethnic minorities will be offered advice and information at a conference to be held on 5 November. The African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ Group is holding its annual conference at the Law Society. The event is open to students and lawyers and will cover subjects including articles, pupillage, outdoor clerking, paralegal […]

Parker Bullen expands office base

Parker Bullen is expanding its offices in Salisbury and Andover by strengthening its existing bases in those locations. The members of the firm’s former Southampton office merged with Bell Pope & Bridgewater, another firm in the city, and not the entire practice of Parker Bullen as reported in last week’s The Lawyer. Parker Bullen, which […]

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