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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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Manchester's 40 King Street opens new premises in Leeds

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Local authorities gear up for new tendering regime

Uncertainties surround the introduction of the “best value’ replacement for compulsory competitive tendering. Some local government lawyers are, however, coming to grips with the issues, writes Guy Campos. Guy Campos is a freelance journalist. In December 1997, the London Borough of Camden learned that its pilot scheme to replace compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) with a […]

Non-racial lawyers' body launched in South Africa

South Africa’s first non-racial lawyers’ body, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), was finally launched last week, ending two years of sometimes acrimonious debate over its establishment. The Pretoria-based LSSA, to be headed by two co-chairs, Esme Du Plessis and Willie Seripi, will act as an umbrella organisation, representing the country’s four provincial Bars […]

Bypass bother goes to appeal

Judgment is pending in the Court of Appeal in the case of Dennis and Doreen Clift of Wales, who claim that the Llanfairfrechan bypass and other roadworks cut off direct access to their home and reduced its value. They sought compensation from the Welsh Office for inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of their home but […]

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