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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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Fund for societies attacked

A CHALLENGE fund set up by Chancery Lane to help local law societies pay for new initiatives has been dismissed as a “sop” by the president of one of the country’s largest societies. The Law Society has invited local societies across the country to apply for a slice of the £25,000 fund by submitting projects […]

Talks tackle 'homes for votes' implications

Helen Sage reports The licensing of sex shops and the legal implications of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ scandals are among subjects included in the Law Society’s latest programme of courses for local government lawyers. The training unit of the local government group, which spearheaded training for local authorities on how to win CCT, has […]

Malawi opening

The British Council has opened a legal and management centre in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital. A council spokesman said: “In a country where one management text book can cost a month’s salary for a middle-ranking civil servant, the centre aims to provide easy access to up-to-date British materials, in order to improve the quality of […]

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Norton Rose acted for Merlin Land and Rydon Holdings in the £17m acquisition and pre-letting of a 95,000 square feet retail warehousing development in Reading Town Centre. Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, which funded the deal, was represented by Cameron Markby Hewitt. Part of the site was acquired from British Rail represented by Rees & […]

Random tax audits could hit anytime

THE INLAND Revenue is set to assume sweeping powers to force lawyers to comply with the self-assessment tax regime which kicked in on 6 April. For the first time, partners and other individuals will be liable to random audits by the Revenue which, hitherto, has had to have good reasons for mounting investigations. Industry sources […]

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