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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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HK judges named

Two English judges, Lord Hoffmann and Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, featured in a list of 33 judicial appointments announced by the Hong Kong government last week. Lord Hoffman and Lord Nicholls were appointed as non-permanent judges of the Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Their appointment follows an agreement in September by the Lord Chancellor, […]

Advertise the caring face of the profession

The legal profession should shout about its pro bono work from the highest hill rather than allowing only the bad aspects to be publicised, says Tony Michaelson-Yeates. Tony Michaelson-Yeates is a solicitor. Only two weeks after Peta Sweet, the director of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), attended a conference of the Yorkshire Union of […]

Assistant solicitors air their disquiet

US firms will be pretty pleased with the results of the ZMB/The Times survey. It reveals, among other things, that more than one in three assistants planning to change jobs in the next year would consider moving to a US firm. Not only that, but these same assistants are more interested in the reputation of […]

In brief: First head of national business for Pinsents

Pinsent Curtis, which has offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London, has appointed Philip O’Connor as its first national head of business development. O’Connor joins from Boeing in the US, and previously worked for Continental Oil, Rank Xerox and Ernst & Young in senior sales and marketing positions.

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 […]

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