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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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City specialists set to join IFA task-force

City lawyers may be asked to participate in a review task force being set up by the independent financial advisers’ association (IFA), following its judicial review of the Securities and Investments Board (SIB) guidelines for compensating investors. The review task force will aim to negotiate with and advise frontline regulators. The group will consist of […]

Dentons' Dale spurns Dibbs overture

DENTON Hall employment head Stephanie Dale has rejected an offer from rival practice Dibb Lupton Broomhead to move to its London office. Dale was expected to fill the void left by former London head of employment Jill Andrew, who quit the practice in March. The employment group is operated on a national basis by partner […]

Money talks loudest at reform's table

In 1992 the Lord Chancellor addressed the Law Society’s national conference and set the tone for his legal aid reforms; the tone uncompromising, the measures unpopular. The speech is significant because it gave the firmest indication of Lord Mackay’s calm but determined approach to reform. He outlined his plans for franchising, conditional fees and legal […]

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