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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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Poles in foreign firms rethink

Speculation is rife that the Polish government has backtracked on hard-won amendments to draft legislation which threatens to place severe restrictions on foreign lawyers hoping to practise in Poland. The initial draft would have forced shares in overseas legal companies – foreign lawyers operating in Poland are established as companies – into the hands of […]

In brief: Unions handling more race claims

Racial discrimination claims against employers are increasingly being settled by trade unions and Racial Equality Councils, according to the Commission for Racial Equality’s annual review. The number of people approaching the CRE for legal help in 1996 has not increased on the 1995 figure, indicating that other organisations are resolving discrimination complaints. Chris Myant of […]

SCL's Cambridge talk

Professor Richard Susskind will address a new East Anglian group of the Society for Computers & Law on ‘The future of law – facing the challenges of IT’ on 30 January at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. For details, contact Joanna Wagstaff on 0117 923 7393.

Softly, softly approach

I read with interest your leader in The Lawyer, 17 December, headed “A firm emphasis on good management”. As a consultant to professional firms, I have observed on many occasions that while lawyers are excellent at advising clients they are generally poor at looking after their own practices. Too often department heads are promoted because […]

CCT: a little local difficulty

Private law firms specialising in local government work no doubt hoped that the Compulsory Competitive Tendering (CCT) of local authority legal services would lead to a surge in work, as more legal work in local authorities was exposed to external competition. The Department of the Environment (DoE), however, is less than pleased with the amount […]

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