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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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Increase in black lawyers leads to new directory

Big increases in the numbers of practising black lawyers has led the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) to update its directory of black practitioners. The directory lists black solicitors, barristers and other legal service providers. It gives people from ethnic minorities direct access to firms with experience in racial issues. More than 600 people in […]

Deal marks rise in buyouts trend

City lawyers are hoping that last week’s £1.3bn Generale de Sante/General Healthcare management buyout will mark the beginning of a stream of large deals packaged in London for Continental targets. The deal, finalised last week, saw French utility conglomerate Generale d’Eaux sell its French and British healthcare subsidiaries, Generale de Sante and General Healthcare, to […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 15/07/97

Anthony Stephen Baker, 42, admitted 1980, practising at material times as Anthony Baker, Birmingham, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £789 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver accountant’s reports. The tribunal was told that Baker failed to provide report for whole period of his sole practice between July 1992 and June 1993. Christopher […]

E&Y in one-stop shop threat

Accountancy firm Ernst & Young is gearing up for the launch of a full-scale multidisciplinary legal practice in Canada pending a law society review of MDPs. Earlier this year three-partner Toronto law firm Donahue & Associates became linked to the firm in what is regarded as the first step towards Ernst &Young’s stated aim of […]

In brief: NI QCs drop oath of allegiance to Queen

Queen’s Counsel in Northern Ireland will no longer have to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, but instead will swear to “serve all whom I may lawfully be called upon to serve in the office of one of Her Majesty’s Counsel”. QCs in England and Wales normally swear allegiance but are not required […]

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