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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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“We do not have hereditary poets, hereditary rocket scientists or hereditary football managers, so why hundreds of hereditary legislators? In a modern democracy, Parliament must be representative of the people.” – The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, admitting, as one Kiwi paper puts it, to the “British carthorse lumbering along behind New Zealand” as the Government […]

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Barrister Christopher Cousins, whose plea to an Essex magistrates court not to ban Eastenders “bad boy” Ross Kemp from driving for speeding fell on deaf ears. According to The Sun, Cousins told the court Kemp feared he could be attacked by hysterical fans if he used public transport. Boodle Hatfield, which was at the centre […]

Nigerian issues plea

Nigerian human rights lawyer Chief Gani Fawehinmi made a passionate plea for the world not to “drop its guard” over his country at the IBA opening ceremony. He was addressing almost 3000 lawyers as he received the Bernard Simons Memorial Award for advancing human rights. He has filed over 200 cases in Nigeria challenging his […]

Guru hired to rescue Law Soc

Sir Dennis Stevenson, the leading Blairite troubleshooter, has told the Law Society to shed its burgeoning bureaucracy and appoint a dynamic chairman if it wants to win back the respect of the profession. At a secret Law Society council meeting earlier this month, Stevenson – chairman of Pearson and close friend of Tony Blair – […]

Swapping the City for Whitehall

Last month David McCahon told The Lawyer why he quit Westminster for Cameron McKenna. This month, Clare Sylvester explains why she left Clifford Chance for the ‘raw law’ of the Government Legal Service Why on earth should anyone leave the comparative luxury of the City for the “Corridors of Power”? A little over a year […]

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