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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 […]

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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Legal & General panel review: the results

Legal & General has concluded a major review of its UK law legal advisers – creating five separate panels: group; UK operations; investment management; real estate and private equity. The firms that are members of one or more of the first three panels are: Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP); Clyde & Co; Eversheds; Freshfields; Halliwells; Lawrence […]

Zimbabwe legal system panned by bar leaders

An international coalition of lawyers has slammed the legal system in Zimbabwe. Bar leaders, including the chair of the Bar of England and Wales Stephen Irwin QC, and representatives from Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, visited Zimbabwe in April 2004 to produce a report on the state of the country’s […]

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Lawyers are no doubt sick to death of jokes about the word ‘solicitor’ and its connection with that other age-old profession, prostitution. A lawyer in the US, though, this year lived up to the title after being charged with solicitation. The lawyer, a former county prosecutor, allegedly offered to have sex with a 19-year-old client to enable […]

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The tower of power Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) new real estate head Robert MacGregor starts today (13 December) and he is hoping to celebrate with the signing of two of his trusted Clifford Chance assistants. This secondary raid has boosted BLP’s hopes that the Canary Wharf account will follow. “We’ve got the main man and […]

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