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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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Who's who in the Maxwell trial

Grania Langdon-Down asks veteran court reporters for their impressions of the stars in the Maxwell trial legal cast list The high-profile, but so far low-key Maxwell trial has inevitably attracted the premier league of white collar crime legal experts. Now into the second month of the estimated six month long trial, veteran court reporters who […]

In brief: Family law expert talks on divorce reforms

Family law solicitor Richard Sax, past chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, will speak on the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for divorce law reform following the annual general meeting of the London Marriage Guidance Council this week. His address – ‘Divorce law reform: good or bad?’ – will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday at […]

Solicitor advocates await green light to apply for silk

SOLICITOR advocates are set to be given the go ahead to apply for silk by the Lord Chancellor. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates has written to the Lord Chancellor with details of 12 solicitors who have 10 or more years advocacy experience in the High Court. The group says the Lord Chancellor promised […]

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