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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 […]

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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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What's the cause of Law Soc's pregnant pause?

The Law Society’s silence on the recent reduction in Practising Certificate fees for those on maternity leave and on low incomes is most peculiar. Why is it not shouting from the roof-tops about this welcome change? On the maternity front, there are countless women who need to know. Indeed, in Northern Ireland there is an […]

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Jane Coker – the immigration solicitor who is suing Lord Irvine for not advertising the adviser post he gave to his City lawyer friend Garry Hart – is not the only woman lawyer who has been considering legal action against the Government. The Lawyer understands one woman barrister had been planning to make a similar […]

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Allied Lawyers Response Team launches campaign to expose 'scandal of Y2K bugs

A personal injury lawyers’ network is mounting a campaign to tackle what it describes as the “scandal of the Year 2000 computer bug”. The Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert) launched its Y2K-LAW campaign last week. The 21-firm network has adapted its technique of grouping together and sharing the cost of legal claims in personal injury […]

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