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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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Small practices rush to join trust

MORE than 150 law firms have signed up to join the new national Solicitors’ Trust network for small practices aimed at localised legal markets. And about 10,000 potential clients have asked for a copy of the booklet which outlines the services provided by the network’s member firms. The response comes after the launch of a […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Lee Gleeson

Lee Gleeson was born in London in 1963 and still lives in the city. She is an assistant in company and commercial at Charles Russell in London. She is one of only 12 lawyers to pass insolvency exams. What was your first job? Cinema usherette. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £10,500 […]

Scottish solicitors to lose control of conveyancing

SOLICITORS throughout the UK have questioned the wisdom of the Scottish Office which last week ended the profession’s exclusive control over conveyancing work. From next autumn, the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board, set up under the Law Reform (Scotland) Act in 1990 and suspended two years later, will resume business. Scottish Office Home Affairs […]

Elly on 'rebel' successor

FORMER Law Society president Charles Elly has questioned his successor’s confrontational tactics and put his weight firmly behind the move for constitutional reform at Chancery Lane. In this week’s The Lawyer, Elly criticises Martin Mears’ calls for supporters to challenge sitting council members who oppose him. Questioning what a change in council members would actually […]

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