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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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Bonding begins at Reed Smith, Richards Butler

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Falconer: Politicians should stop baiting judges

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has warned his fellow ministers against interference in the rule of law. Speaking at the Annual Judges dinner last night, Lord Falconer said: “Whilst it is perfectly legitimate for ministers to address policy issues raised by individual judgements, ministers should not criticise judges.” He added: “Just as judges don’t do […]

Close calls

The role of local councils in improving the country’s infrastructure is being brought into sharp focus by a new Government report and the Lyons Inquiry. Guy Hinchley and Nathan Holden report The Government’s long-awaited proposals for change in local government had originally been earmarked for a summer white paper. However, following the ministerial reshuffle in […]

Littleton elects new joint heads of chambers

Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Clarke is an employment specialist and Freedman […]

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