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Discover 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 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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INTERNATIONAL giant Baker & McKenzie has merged with Santiago practice Cruzat, Ortuzar & Mackenna, to establish the first multi-national law firm in the city. The firm, which has more than 50 offices in 34 countries across the globe, already operates a strong Latin American network with offices in Caracas, Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Rio de […]

In brief: Equality lawyers offer advice service

Leading equality lawyers have set up a new organisation to improve the legal advice offered to people claiming to be victims of discrimination, harassment or abuse. The Discrimination Law Association was launched at a conference opened by Diane Abbott MP and attended by solicitors, barristers, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission.

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Middle East group looks back on year of success

ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC). Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the […]

Trainees must make salary choice

TRAINEE solicitors are being pressured into choosing between dropping their demands for an increase in the minimum salary or losing it altogether. Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society’s training committee, has told the Trainee Solicitors’ Group he will not press for a vote on the abolition of the salary later this month if the […]

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