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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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In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from offices in Holborn and Guildford.

Cost-led reforms spell 'disaster'

Proposed reforms to the legal system threaten the existence of the specialist criminal advocate and could spell disaster in the long term, Bar Council chair Heather Hallett QC has warned. Delivering her address at the Bar’s annual conference on 4 October, Hallett condemned a series of proposed and recent reforms which, she said, amounted to […]

Government to force MDPs on Law Society

The Government will impose multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) on the legal profession if the Law Society refuses to allow them. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that it is preparing to follow up a threat made in opposition three years ago to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission if the […]

Linklaters group aims to nip pension suits in bud

Linklaters has launched a 10-lawyer strong pensions litigation group in a drive to resolve disputes early on. The group is led by partner Mark Blyth and will focus on Pensions Ombudsman complaints and pensions disputes, including professional negligence and non-hostile litigation brought by trustees. Blyth said although more cases were going before the ombudsman and […]

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