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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: Bar Council working party to report on CLAF

The Bar Council is forming a working party, under “an eminent chairman”, to report on how a Contingency Legal Aid Fund could be structured and funded. Bankers, insurers and the Government will be invited to contribute. The Government has been unenthusiastic about public funding for a CLAF but has said it will reconsider the matter […]

Is it “no win, no win' for barristers?

Is it true that only high risk work will be left for barristers as solicitors retain all the “dead certs’, or is it just paranoia? asks Shaun Pye. If you want to know how conditional fees will affect solicitors, you can read last year’s Policy Studies Institute report into how law firms are conducting “no […]

In brief: Couderts hires Lovell White Durrant partner

Lovell White Durrant banking partner Alexander Janes has joined the London office of Coudert Brothers as a partner. He will work within the firm’s international banking and project finance practice. The office now has 14 partners and 15 assistants, all of whom are UK qualified.

In brief: LCD grants funding for CAB litigants' project

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is giving a grant to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the High Court to help it provide advice and assistance to litigants in person. The LCD will provide £84,500 to the scheme annually for the next three years. Twenty-two firms, mainly from the City, will provide solicitor volunteers to man the […]

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