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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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Negotiations put strike action by Law Society staff on hold

Accountants and monitoring unit staff from the Law Society have called off further industrial action pending negotiations with management this Thursday and Friday. Last Monday, 28 of the 43 MSF union members in the investigation accountants and monitoring unit went on a one-day strike over pay. It was the first strike in the Law Society’s […]

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Might it not be a kindness for Tony Girling to encourage the five former leaders of the Trainee Solicitors Group to continue with their proposals to warn students off a career in the solicitors profession? The two main political parties, Hambros, the Legal Aid Board and now, the OFT, are doing their utmost in this […]

Macfarlanes shuts Tokyo office after partner leaves

Macfarlanes has been forced to close its Tokyo office. The firm claimed that it could not find a replacement for resident partner Julian Howard, who returns to London after a five-year stint. Senior partner Vanni Treves said the move comes at a time when the office was enjoying its busiest year since opening in 1992. […]

In brief: New firm born of Giroux and Stibbe Simont

French firms Giroux Buhagiar & Associes and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot are set to merge, forming a new firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. The new firm will be based in Stibbe Simont’s existing office with 23 Giroux lawyers joining Stibbe Simont’s 70 Paris-based lawyers.

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