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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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Richard Grand Society is 'elitist' says top PI solicitor

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ vice-president Ian Walker has attacked the newly-formed Richard Grand Society as “elitist” and “self-congratulatory. The new society for personal injury lawyers includes high-profile medical negligence specialist Rodger Pannone and is modelled on the US inner circle of Advocates. Members must show 10 years in practice and recovery of at […]

A makeover for the takeover

On 15 April 1997, the Irish government introduced the first of what will be a series of statutory instruments required to bring into force the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of such a body, which will have responsibility for monitoring and supervising takeovers and substantial share acquisitions in Irish […]

Partnerships bypass women in NI, survey finds

Women in Northern Ireland law firms are not making it to partnership, a survey by The Lawyer has discovered (see page 34). Eleven of the the top 20 firms have no female partners while eight have one female partner each. Out of a total of 75 partners in the top 10 firms, only 11 are […]

Paralegals half-trained, finds study

Paralegals are often ill-equipped to work in a modern legal practice, with many having received insufficient training from their firm, according to a Law Society study. Research by the society’s Research and Policy Planning Unit found 37 per cent of an estimates 25,000 non-solicitor fee earners in England and Wales believe they are under-trained. The […]

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Litigation Writs 27/05/97

Viscount Dilhorne, along with Julian Haviland, Etienne Boileau and Patrick Locke, owners of property at 4 Princes Street, London W1, has issued a writ against Capitalstart and Rossmoregate, owners of number 5 Princes Street. The Viscount claims the companies, who own property neighbouring his in central London, have threatened to burn down his building. The […]

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