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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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A well-known, global accountancy firm is reckoned to spend six per cent of its turnover on training. An Australian law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron, spends seven per cent of its professional payroll costs on training. This firm’s direct expenditure on training amounted to one per cent of turnover in the 1994-95 financial year, or about […]

'Healthy' year for trainee jobs

‘TOP UK firms have reported healthy numbers of qualifying solicitors being retained after their articles this September. A survey of the country’s top 10 firms shows a strong level of retention among qualifying solicitors, indicating an increased workload and improved confidence among major practitioners. Firms contacted report that an average of only two trainees per […]

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Company launches franchise service

A BRISTOL-BASED consultancy firm is marketing a franchise assessment service on the coat tails of the Lord Chancellor’s vigorously pro-franchise reform Green Paper. Management consultants Allery Scotts, which will carry out an on-site initial assessment to the Legal Aid Franchise Specification for £99, said that four firms had already signed up for a visit. “Most […]

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