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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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BCE Holdings was advised by Wallace & Partners in relation to an u11m placing of shares primarily to fund acquisitions.

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Kienzle shows legal market commitment

Over 60 law firms attended the Kienzle Solicitors User Group annual meeting and conference in Reading. Delegates “were impressed by the commitment of the group to the legal market,” says user group chair Andrew Priest, finance director of Davies Arnold Cooper. Kienzle says its ARISTA practice management system had over 40 new law firm users […]

Addison makes exit from CPS

Neil Addison, the Bar Council member and Crown Prosecutor who was controversially suspended last November after writing newspaper articles without his employer’s consent, has left the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with a settlement in hand. But issues raised by the suspension continue to worry barristers and a call to terminate the Director of Public Prosecution’s […]

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