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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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Second Essex Court review

One Essex Court has produced the second edition of its in-house Law Review. The 57-page publication is aimed at commercial solicitors and includes 11 articles written by members of chambers. Chambers clerk Paul Shrubsall said its aim was to facilitate communication with the chambers’ clients. The review is also running a competition based on a […]

In brief: White Paper on LLPs gets mixed reaction

Lawyers at a conference on limited liability partnerships (LLPs), organised by the International Bar Association earlier this month, expressed mixed feelings about the Government’s White Paper on LLPs. David Goldberg QC, who helped draft the Jersey law on LLPs, said: “The paper is to be welcomed, but I do feel it suggests too much regulation.” […]

Pro bono boost

The new Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group is now up and running under the directorship of the very capable Peta Sweet. Finally, thanks to a group of law firms, the solicitors’ branch of the profession now has an organisation which can support its pro bono efforts and provide a national focus. It is of even greater […]

Law Society proposals to scrap HSSK group fail

A MOVE to disband the Law Society committee responsible for the High Street Starter Kit fiasco and establish a committee dedicated exclusively to information technology work flopped at the council meeting on Thursday. The proposal was put forward by the society’s policy committee but it was overwhelmingly rejected. The proposal had been to replace the […]

Right to accumulate prizes

The House of Lords has given leave for appeal in the case of Regina v Burt & Adams. Burt & Adams was convicted of three counts of unlawful gaming contrary to s.38(6) of the Gaming Act 1968. Appeals against two of those convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal. But the court certified the […]

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