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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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The Centre of International Investment Law Library is organising a programme of 51 conferences from 18 October on a series of World Trade development topics. The world Trade Development conferences will include sessions on project financing, co-financing, syndications, the World Trade Organisation and the settlement of disputes. Information can be obtained from Dr Robert Glah […]

Spare us the sermons

Losing an election I can take in my stride but please spare me the regular sermons from Tony Holland. Although I normally disagree with virtually everything he says I have resisted the urge to respond, but one of his recent columns contained two statements which are such fine examples of Law Society-speak that I can’t […]

AIM adds upgrades to Evolution system

Alison Laferla reports AIM has upgraded its Evolution practice management and workflow system. The upgrade introduces several features, including a special accounting facility for Scottish law firms, the ability to integrate voice dictation systems with AIM Evolution and to cost each fee earner’s time at different rates. The update also includes a messaging system to […]

Educational forum debates profession's international future

LAWYERS from all over the world have been debating the future of the legal profession at a marathon five-day conference in Oxford. Jesus College was the venue for the International Legal Ed ucation Forum organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group and Oxford Law Society. The stated aim of the forum is to boost global co-operation […]

In brief: Hinton back in London after stint in Oz

A former senior crown prosecutor at the CPS’s Central Confiscation Unit has joined the commercial fraud unit of Burton Copeland’s London office after a three-year stint in his native Australia. Martin Hinton worked for the director of public prosecutions in South Australia before returning to England.

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