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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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Experts fear pilot scheme will lead to bad verdicts

CRIMINAL law experts fear miscarriages of justice, extra cost and further delays are likely to stem from a government pilot scheme allowing the police to prepare abbreviated case files. The society says the pilots will allow police to produce their own summaries of witness statements and evidence, rather than full statements, in cases which the […]

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It is a sign of these cost- conscious times that Barnards Inn Chambers has no fewer than five different fee structures for solicitors to choose from. Why the need for so many? Practice director Andrea Kennedy explains: “We want our clients to know that we are not going to hold them to ransom. Some chambers […]

Thompson to head Blackburn

Tim Miller reports SOLICITOR Denise Thompson takes over next week as head of legal at Blackburn Borough Council. She joins from neighbouring Burnley where she was a senior solicitor, responsible for litigation and all non-conveyancing matters. Thompson, who was articled with Wokingham Borough Council, will be legal service practice manager and solicitor. She will be […]

Empire Stores shops around to find new legal advisers

LEEDS firm Walker Morris has replaced Hammond Suddards as principal legal advisers to the UK’s fifth largest home shopping company, Empire Stores Group. Hammonds provided corporate and general advice to the company for over five years. Walker Morris will also take on the company’s trade mark work, previously handled by Liverpool-based trade mark agents WP […]

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