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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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ONLY 33 per cent of European lawyers received instruction in EU law at university and two in three consider their knowledge inadequate, a Gallup poll has shown. The survey, which was carried out for the European Commission, canvassed 635 lawyers throughout the 12 European Union member states. It reveals that 48 per cent did not […]

Finding the feel good factor

Robert Martin analyses The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand 1995 survey of firms’ financial management and finds good news It was another good year for the profession, according to the fourth annual The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand survey. It was also a year of contrasts. Profits were up, with more firms taking on professional staff, but climbing the […]

Russian workers join UK practices

MORE than 300 employers, including an increasing number of the UK’s top law firms, are expected to take Russian workers on placement as part of this year’s Chancellor’s Financial Sector Scheme. Norton Rose, Linklaters & Paines, Clifford Chance and Stephenson Harwood are among the firms participating in the project which was established in 1992 by […]

Secret debate on home title

THE EUROPEAN Parliament last week banned observers from its public gallery as members of the Legal Affairs Committee debated the establishment directive. Last week MEPs ousted observers – including the representatives of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union – while they discussed the working document on rights of cross-border establishment which had […]

Case dates are set

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