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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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Minter Ellison scoops government contract

Minter Ellison has fought off the the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to win a contract with the Australian government. The firm and the AGS pitched to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia (AFFA), which is outsourcing all its in-house legal capability. The AGS will continue working for the department as an external legal […]

Charging clients by the hour does not pay

Centuries ago, some lawyer came up with the idea of charging for his services by the hour. At the time, this was probably a novel concept. It seemed to work well enough and it has certainly withstood the test of time. One has to wonder, however, whether hourly billing has outlived its usefulness. In our […]

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Mediation is big business. In the US, leading mediator David Shapiro, an independent consultant with SJ Berwin, reports that lawyers are raking in an annual $100m (£66.5m) in fees from mediation. It is a similar story in the UK. According to the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the value of cases handled by mediation totalled […]

A View from Ireland

The global e-commerce revolution has had an enormous impact on all aspects of commercial life in Ireland and has contributed to making it the fastest growing economy in Europe. The growth of e-commerce related activities in the country is a result of a number of factors; cultural, commercial and legal. The Irish government has traditionally […]

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