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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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Revised Ogden Tables published

Lawyers and actuaries have come up with a revised version of the Ogden Tables which are used for working out personal injury damages. The tables show how to calculate loss of earnings and loss of pension rights, and additional guidance is now included allowing for future unemployment and sickness. Sir Michael Ogden QC, responsible for […]

Army officer fights advocacy 'test case'

Army officer and solicitor Lt Col Stephen Vowles, who has applied for rights of audience in the higher courts, is hoping that his application will be a ‘test case’ for other service lawyers. Vowles tried to arrange a block exemption from the Law Society’s training programme for the army’s 29 solicitors on the strength of […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Linklaters leads flotation business

Linklaters & Paines is leading the City on company flotation work. It has almost a third more flotations than its nearest rival Freshfields. Linklaters, according to figures from KPMG Corporate Finance, has amassed 33 flotations in the period running from 1 January 1992 to 30 June 1994. By comparison Freshfields had 23 deals, followed by […]

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