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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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CAC ruling on union recognition quashed

The chair of the Employment Bar Association has won a crucial judicial review against the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), the government’s arbiter on union matters John Bowers QC of Littleton Chambers overturned the CAC’s earlier decision on the basis that it wrongly interpreted the trade union recognition legislation within the Employment Relations Act 1999.The CAC […]

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Increased workload forces healthcare body to expand exclusive list of advisers The UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) has reviewed its advisory panel and added Field Fisher Waterhouse, Blake Lapthorn and Hempsons to its exclusive list of legal advisers.The UKCC is a statutory body responsible for ensuring that nurses, midwives and […]

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