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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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Prepare for a European currency

European monetary union is closer than most lawyers think and if they don’t consider its implications soon they may miss the boat, warns Geoffrey Yeowart EU: single currency intended to boost harmony in union recent reports in the press may have lulled many lawyers into believing they can ignore the issue of a European single […]

Judge gives traders a chance

Mr Justice Chadwick has given eight Newcastle street traders a 7 December deadline to challenge orders made by him on application from the City Council, that they move off the streets. The judge imposed bans but ruled that the orders should not become effective until 9 December in order to give the traders an opportunity […]

Challenge to extension of deaf allowance

Government moves are under way in a bid to snatch back a legal victory won by 20-year-old Rebecca Fairey, of Newark, Nottinghamshire, who has beaten deafness to become a nursery nurse. Earlier this year she won a landmark ruling at the Court of Appeal which promised to benefit other deaf people. The ruling entitled her […]

YSG probes advocacy 'problem'

AN OPEN meeting is being held this week in a bid to encourage more solicitor advocates to apply for higher court rights of audience. The open meeting at the Law Society’s council chamber on Friday is being organised by the Young Solicitors Group which says it is “very concerned” at the “extremely limited take-up” of […]

Legal unity talks

The British Council and the British Italian Law Association will hold a conference on the internationalisation of European Union law in Bologna this week. The conference, to be held from 30 November to 2 December, will examine the legal harmonisation process and discover whether a “two speed” Europe is in the best interests of the […]

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