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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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An audience with a solicitor

Philip Parish believes the hurdles that solicitor-advocates face in getting full higher court rights of audience will ultimately disappear, paving the way for better career opportunities. Philip Parish is a solicitor-advocate at Linklaters. The options open to an aspiring advocate have always been numerous, ranging from criminal or civil, specialist or general practice, in London […]

How to get ahead at the Bar

What does it take to make a glittering career at the Bar? A brilliant intellect? A wonderful courtroom presence and speaking voice? No, baby barristers, it is none of these. For those of you about to set sail in the choppy waters of the Bar, there follows the real insider’s guide to making it big […]

First steps on the ladder

Katherine Minford offers a few tips on how to get onto the first rung of the ladder by winning that all-important training contract. Katherine Minford is a recruitment consultant at Cavendish Boyle Confidential Legal Appointments in Leeds. Graduates face intense competition in securing a training contract with a law firm. Each academic year there are […]

Law Society releases guideline fees to aid uncertain solicitors

A PLAN to introduce guideline fees for solicitors doing non-contentious work has been drawn up by Robert Sayer, the deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Under the plans, details of which were circulated to members of the Law Society’s council last week, local law societies would publish a guide for clients as to how long […]

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