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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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World War 3.0: Microsoft and its Enemies, by Ken Auletta, published by Random House (ISBN 0375503668) You’ve got to feel for Bill Gates. It’s not so much that he is universally despised, or even that the US government and judiciary seem intent on breaking up his business. It is that Microsoft’s days as a synonym […]

Methodology

The research used information provided by online legal information provider Lawtel. The statistics, which relate to all civil litigation, save for immigration cases, were obtained for 22 of the UK’s leading chambers. An appearance is recorded for a judgment handed down during the last judicial year, which ran from October 1999-July 2000. The outcomes of […]

Law Society acts on threats by Government

The Law Society is creating a compliance board to oversee its complaints procedure in response to threats from the Government to set up an independent supervisory body. Up to half of the board will be lay members appointed by the Master of the Rolls. The board will work on regulatory issues, including any problems with […]

A change of court

Justice delayed is justice denied. Reform of the European Community’s judicial system is urgently required. The volume and complexity of European Community (EC) cases is growing rapidly, causing the community’s court system to haemorrhage. There is already an average of a two-year delay for preliminary rulings. The case then returns to the national court, resulting […]

Leading commercial property firms in Guildford

Barlows specialises in commercial and corporate work and is well known for its commercial property practice. It has six partners. Charles Russell also has an office in Guildford. Following the merger with local firm Baldocks in September 1998, the firm has nine partners. It specialises in commercial property, commercial litigation, employment and private client. Clyde […]

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