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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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Challenge to local authority care cutback

A Yorkshire couple are preparing for a fight to maintain the level of funded care for their severely disabled son, writes Roger Pearson. The level of “respite care” to which people looking after severely handicapped relatives at home are entitled is to be considered by the High Court. A couple from West Yorkshire who care […]

Set to run advocacy courses for cash-strapped solicitors

Verulam Chambers is to launch a pioneering advocacy training programme for solicitors and pupils. The courses, beginning in October, will be run by two of the chambers’ tenants, Elissa Da Costa and Society of Asian Lawyers chairman Sailesh Mehta, who say the demand for the courses has come mainly from their solicitor clients. They will […]

Identity clarified

I should like to make it clear that, after leaving Alsop Wilkinson’s London office in 1996, I joined Garretts as head of their northern litigation practice. I have no connection with senior Guinness property lawyer David Harlock referred to in your front-page news story of 25 November. David Harlock, Garretts Leeds.

Firms hit back at Cadwalader

Clifford Chance and Wilde Sapte are hitting back at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s raid on their staff by putting their three defecting partners on gardening leave and holding them to their full notice periods. Although Cadwaladers’ new London derivatives practice opened on schedule at the beginning of this month, only one partner has […]

In brief: OSS to probe lawyer's 'silly cow' comment

Arnold Rosen, a London solicitor who allegedly told a client that a clerk at a Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court was a “silly cow”, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors after he was reported by a policeman who overheard his comment.

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