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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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Morris to hire 50 civil junior counsel

Attorney General John Morris QC is advertising 50 new government civil counsel posts for the junior Bar in what he claims is a new era of “opportunity and transparency” for government appointments. Morris, fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of government civil counsel, is recruiting counsel and solicitor-advocates of between two and five […]

The unsung superhero of equality

Vicki Chapman Elizabeth Davidson meets Vicki Chapman, the Clark Kent of UK law who champions LAG’s war against inequality. Look around at any conference or debate that touches on access to justice and it is a fair bet you will see Vicki Chapman among the delegates. The newly-promoted policy director at the Legal Action Group […]

SCL to debate online outlaws

ILLEGAL Internet material and online contracts are due to be discussed at the third annual conference of the Society for Computers & Law (SCL) this week, “IT Law Beyond the Millennium”. The conference, which will take place this Friday at the former National Liberal Club at 1 Whitehall Place, London, will be chaired by Richard […]

High Court help for bereaved children

The recent reassessment of Hayden v Hayden means children will be paid for loss of service when a parent dies, writes Roger Pearson. A recent High Court ruling has resulted in a revised interpretation of a 1992 decision which which is widely used as a pointer in cases involving compensation claims for children who have […]

Has Scotland's 'justice by astrology' got its dates wrong?

On 1 October The Public Defence Solicitors’ Office opened in Edinburgh. For those who are unaware of the implications, the five-year pilot scheme involves a team of six defence solicitors who are being paid an annual salary by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to deal with summary criminal cases. It has been described as justice […]

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