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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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Credit Suisse forms legal panel

Credit Suisse, one of the top three Swiss banks, has appointed seven leading firms to a new legal panel in a move which aims to control cost and quality of services provided. The firms – Allen & Overy, Denton Hall, Herbert Smith, Stephenson Harwood, Watson Farley & Williams, Lawrence Graham and Rayner De Wolfe – […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 27/09/94

DAVID JOHN SHIRLEY, 56, admitted 1963, practised as Dubow Shirley and Smith, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, struck off and ordered to pay u1,125 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to maintain books correctly, wrongly drew and used for his own purposes client money, gave false and misleading information to clients. Tribunal told that as result of his activities […]

Stipes come under scrutiny

A NEW working party has been set up by the Lord Chancellor to examine the role of the stipendiary magistracy. The party has been established after a recommendation from the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, which said there should be a more systematic approach to the role of stipendiary magistrates. The Magistrates’ Association also proposed […]

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