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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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IT, the jury's friend

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Sussex barrister made bankrupt

A SUSSEX barrister has been made bankrupt by the High Court. But John Mannion is continuing to practise as a barrister at Westgate Chambers in Lewes, East Sussex, where he is a tenant. Under the Bar Council’s code of conduct no automatic practise ban is imposed on barristers who have been declared bankrupt. Mannion’s bankruptcy […]

Adoption directory clarifies the issues

A NEWLY-PUBLISHED directory is aiming to provide legal and agency contacts in international adoption. ‘The International Adoption Guide’, published last week, was compiled by child psychologist Patrick O’Connor who hopes it will be useful for lawyers as well as the public. O’Connor holds a law degree, but spent most of his career as a security […]

Middle Temple hit by Barings fall

THE BAR’S Middle Temple Inn of Court has lost assets worth around u100,000 in the wake of the Barings collapse. The loss could make a dent in Middle Temple’s income. Invested assets with all the Inns contribute an income stream, which covers running costs and overheads including scholarships and expensive upkeep of their old properties. […]

Mears may challenge presidency

THE LAW Society could face its first contested presidential election for decades following a council member’s announcement that he is considering a challenge to president elect John Young. Council member Martin Mears, senior partner with Mears Hobbs & Durrant, has threatened to break with years of tradition by standing against Young, the current deputy president. […]

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