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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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Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

Councils to judge the judiciary

Neil Addison says UK judges’ appointments and disciplinary procedures should be compared and adjusted to Canadian rather than US law. Neil Addison is a barrister in Cathedral Chambers, Newcastle. Following the “Hoffmann Affair” the issue of how judges are appointed and disciplined is again under discussion. The incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights […]

Consultancy report slams ombudsman complaint system

MOST people who have their complaints investigated by the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (OLSO) are dissatisfied with the service they get, a damning new report reveals. The research, commissioned by Legal Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham, says that “delay is inherent in the current system and so is dissatisfaction”. The OLSO service is also […]

High Court ruling opens way for Web libel suits

The High Court has ruled that for the first time an internet service provider (ISP) is responsible for defamatory material posted on its sites. The historic judgment seriously threatens the existing concept of freedom of information on which the internet is based. It is thought to be the first definitive ruling by an English High […]

Law Society in £45,000 Disney spend

THE LAW Society is spending tens of thousands of pounds to send council members and their spouses to its annual conference in Disneyland Paris. The final bill could be as high as £45,000, admits the society. Sources claim the figure could be nearer £90,000. This year’s conference has been revamped and rebranded as the Solicitors’ […]

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