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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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Birmingham jobs safe

* Birmingham City Council confirms that its lawyers are not affected by the redundancy programme involving nearly 600 staff. The authority is being forced to shed jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Lack of funds threatens advice shop

A LEGAL advice centre is facing the threat of closure after its local council refused a request to increase its maintenance grant. Southall Rights Legal Advice Centre, west London, is complaining that Ealing Council has only provided a £7,000 grant for a service which has annual running costs of £60,000. Kashminder Bhogal, barrister and co-ordinator […]

In brief: Correction

Andrew Page, the firm associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, is acting for Guardian Newspapers Ltd and two Observer journalists in a libel action launched against the newspaper group by six PowerGen directors. Last week’s issue of The Lawyer incorrectly stated the firm was acting for the PowerGen directors, who are suing […]

In brief: Martineaus advises on student discipline

Sixty delegates from colleges and universities throughout the UK have attended workshops on student discipline organised by the education department of Birmingham practice Martineau Johnson. The workshops were staged in response to a recent report published by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals which gave guidance to universities on action to take when they […]

Planning expert's dual role

The head of planning and environment at a Staffordshire solicitors’ firm has taken up two influential positions in the world of local government law. Stewart Titchener has been elected legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and admitted to the Law Society’s planning panel. Titchener heads the planning and environment unit at Knight & […]

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