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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, […]

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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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Arthur Andersen-tied law firm Garrett & Co has hired Rowe & Maw pensions solicitor Duncan Buchanan to set up a pensions practice within its Employment & Benefits Group in London. Buchanan, who qualified in 1990 and will be a “senior manager” rather than a partner, said that the Pensions Act, which is due to come […]

GPPs: your flexible friend

Changes in pensions legislation and practice over the past 20 years have led to an increasingly marked shift away from final salary or defined benefit plans in favour of money purchase or defined contribution policies. This trend has been stimulated largely by employers’ desire for greater cost control and the additional burdens placed on administrators […]

Law centres:experts in crisis management

BURIED away in the Central London Law Centre vaults are a series of files containing the details of the steady stream of cash crises which have hit the centre in its 18-year existence. But to date, the law centre, which has just moved into new offices, has somehow managed to weather each storm. And this […]

Discrimination claim number two hits SRT

City shipping firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley made an out-of-court settlement to a second former assistant solicitor in its property department, it has emerged. It is believed Olienka Shaw was paid around £4,000 in settlement of a claim of race discrimination last November against the head of the commercial property department Anthony Hurndall. Two weeks […]

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