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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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Meet the thorn in Blair's red rose

Profile: Robert Marshall-andrews QC. IT is difficult to describe MP Robert Marshall-Andrews QC except, perhaps, as a brilliant maverick. Elizabeth Davidson talks to Robert Marshall-Andrews, the silk-turned-backbench MP renowned for challenging New Labour’s legal policies and style of government. He is the man about whom the Lord Chancellor’s number two, Geoff Hoon, joked within six […]

Oman move for Neale

Alastair Neale has joined Richards Butler’s associated office in Muscat, Oman, after spending 12 years as counsel to the Arab Banking Corporation in Bahrain.

Low-key Bar Council conference aims to avoid the headlines

This year the Bar Council has decided to play safe and concentrate on the Human Rights Bill, reports Shaun Pye. The Bar Council was cock-a-hoop last year when newly elected Home Secretary Jack Straw agreed to address its annual conference. The Bar Council’s enthusiasm no doubt waned as Straw methodically laid into the profession, blasting […]

In brief: Pannones spawns deputy district judge

Manchester firm Pannone & Partners commercial litigation partner Graeme Smith has become one of the youngest deputy district judges appointed this year, at the age of 35.

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