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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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Pearl gains circuit judge appointment

Professor David Stephen Pearl is to be appointed as a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. He is also to become an immigration adjudicator and chief adjudicator and has been designated as a special adjudicator. Pearl, who is 50, has been professor of law and dean of the school of law at the University […]

Home Office advises on Family Court

NEW national standards designed to advise court welfare officers on Family Court procedures have been released by the Home Office. The standards, which come into effect on 1 January 1995, are aimed at providing “best practice” guidelines for individual probation areas. Published for the first time, the new standards focus on the needs of children […]

Law Society hosts UINL visit

The Law Society welcomed members of the European Commissions of the Union Internationale du Notariat Latin (UINL) last week. President Charles Elly hosted a dinner for delegates at King’s College, Cambridge, vice president John Young spoke at the opening ceremony and delegates visited local law firms in the city.

Law Soc takes PR show to its members

The Law Society has launched its meet-the-members roadshow in the full knowledge that as a professional body it will “never be deeply loved” (The Lawyer 7 June). The aim of the public relations offensive is to give solicitors a chance to make their views known and for the society to explain its role and the […]

Boating warns 'no cash for law'

Reform on a shoestring budget will be the likely approach to the legal system under a future Labour government, according to the party’s House of commons legal spokesman, Paul Boateng. Improving access to justice will be a high political priority – but it is unlikely to figure strongly in the pecking order for increased spending, […]

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