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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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In brief: Hants solicitor new chair of WaterAid

Hampshire solicitor John Isherwood has been named as the new chair of the Council of WaterAid, the UK water and sanitation charity. Isherwood, a consultant with Barker Son & Isherwood is a founder trustee of the body and has served as chair of its overseas committee for more than four years.

Brussels gives green light to European law diploma in UK

THE EUROPEAN Commission has expressed provisional support for plans to educate UK lawyers in European law. Directorate General 15, the commission body responsible for the internal market, last week told the Law Society that it agreed with the objectives of the Solicitors Diploma in European Law, which is expected to start in some teaching institutions […]

Property lawyers furious over 'silly little children' treatment

A BITTER row has broken out over new guidelines for conveyancing firms after property solicitors accused the Law Society of treating them like “silly little children”. The Solicitors’ Property Group says the society imposed its new conveyancing code of practice on them. They claim that they were offered just two weeks to produce a considered […]

Labour courts controversy on MMC plan

LABOUR proposals to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) and to establish multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will be thrashed out this weekend at the party’s National Policy Forum. The plans, part of a raft of proposals focusing on legal aid, the judiciary and the legal profession, have already caused debate in […]

Get wired or get lost

As partner in charge of the information technology law practice at Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters, Craig Bradley regularly meets prospective new technology clients. At one recent meeting, Bradley listened attentively as a potential client discussed a desire for access to on-line billing from the firm. But it was when the client mentioned the possibilities of […]

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