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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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US cuts study time

The state of New York’s Court of Appeal has approved new Bar admission rules which allow foreign lawyers to take the Bar examination after only one year studying American law, rather than three as before. The new rules also reduce the required number of hours of training. The changes take effect from 27 May.

Barristers accused of arrogance and self-importance

MEMBERS of the public have showered the Bar Council’s new complaints body with complaints accusing their barristers of “arrogance”, “self-importance” and “rudeness”. Complaints against barristers have rocketed by nearly 30 per cent since the Bar Council introduced a controversial complaints procedure last April. The rise – from 431 complaints in 1996 to 551 last year […]

Staple calls for single extradition scheme

George Staple, the former director of the Serious Fraud Office and now a Clifford Chance partner, has called for a global extradition scheme to fight global crime. Current extradition procedures are still mainly dependent on bilateral arrangements deriving from nineteenth century treaties, he said at a London conference on global crime last week. “So many […]

In brief: Lawyers race to victory in City of London

Two lawyers won the eighth annual City of London road race last Thursday. Giles Clifford from Freshfields won the men’s race and Kate Jenrick of Arden Chambers was the first woman to finish. Over 3,000 people took part including Heather Hallett QC, chairman of the Bar Council. The event, organised by Wilde Sapte, raised money […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Lilia Bylos

Lilia Bylos was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an assistant solicitor at Dewey Ballantine and specialises in project finance. What was your first job? Shoe assistant in a department store. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £18,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Photographer/artist. Which […]

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