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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 […]

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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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Hutton v Dyfed Health Authority – QBD 7 April 1998 Claimant: Simon Hutton (widower of deceased) on behalf of himself and his family Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Rose Hutton, 35, was six to eight weeks pregnant when she died from a pulmonary embolism on 6 January 1991. She had been to Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, […]

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Former Law Society president Martin Mears is understood to be considering standing once again for the presidency in this summer’s elections. If Mears does stand it will be his fourth successive contest following victory in 1995 and defeats by Tony Girling and Phillip Sycamore in the last two years. However, there is speculation that Mears […]

Who is Buggins now?

If anything were meant to cause Michael Napier to crawl out of the woodwork it was Robert Sayer’s letter to him and David McIntosh last week. It does not seem long ago that Mr Sayer and Mr Mears were on the outside, decrying the right of Buggins to succeed the Law Society presidency. Now notwithstanding […]

Time for a breath of fresh air at the CPS

IT IS ALMOST a year ago that The Lawyer controversially called on Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to resign. At the time, we suggested that since a new government had been elected with a set of plans for the CPS that differed radically from her own she had little option but […]

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