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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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York firm broadens its horizons

North Yorkshire firm Harrowell Shaftoe has announced plans to expand to a new site outside York. The move is designed to develop the firm’s commercial law service and provide clients with easier access and parking. The firm already has two offices in the city. Senior partner, John Yeomans, says: “This development is a major investment […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jon Vivian

Jon Vivian is a property law partner at City firm McKenna & Co. Aged 40 he was born, and still lives, in Sussex. What was your first job? Labouring long and hard in a saw mill. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Negligible. Some things never change. What would you have done […]

Bar Council faces access issue again

THE Bar Council could face a demand from barristers for direct access by the public, partnership between the two arms of the profession and higher court advocacy rights for the employed Bar, if resolutions are passed at its annual general meeting next month. The Bar Council has already rejected wider direct access. The partnership question […]

MEPs up pressure for establishment

THE EUROPEAN Commission has promised to draw up a draft rights of establishment directive by the end of November. The news has been welcomed, but there are suspicions that the promise will not be kept because it was made under intense pressure from the European Parliament. MEPs had written repeatedly to the commission to ask […]

Claire Ferguson considers insurers' liability for wasted costs

Claire Ferguson There was a question in a recent professional negligence case of whether the defen- dant’s professional indemnity insurers might be liable for costs incurred by the plaintiffs, which were argued to have been wasted by the insurers’ unreasonable act. If successful (the point has yet to be determined by the court) the insurers’ […]

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