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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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Kirkland draws up plans for Hong Kong launch

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Shepherds’ pre-LLP turnover soars 13 per cent

Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has posted robust financial figures for 2005-06, with annual fee income rising by 13 per cent to £34.6m. The firm also confirmed that it was planning to convert to limited-liability partnership status later this year, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (16 May). Shepherds said a separate figure that would […]

SIF chief elected Law Soc deputy VP

Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) chair Paul Marsh has been elected as the next deputy vice-president of the Law Society, beating candidates including former Beachcroft managing partner Bob Heslett and maverick Council member Christopher Digby-Bell. Marsh’s election was announced this morning (18 May). A property lawyer with Kingston firm Carter Bells, Marsh has been chair of […]

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