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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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In brief: A&O senior partner on financial panel

Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has been appointed as one of the three new members of the Financial Law Panel, the Bank of England and Corporation of London-sponsored body which identifies problems and anomalies in the operation of existing financial law. The other two new members are Michael Crystal QC and Bernard […]

Dutch dabble in City set-ups

Historically, Dutch firms have been reluctant to set up in London. But this view has changed with two firms – Nauta Dutilh and Trenite van Doorne – opening offices in the past six months. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek was the first to arrive in the UK when it set up six years ago – and […]

Ombudsman prompts EC U-turn

British law firms have claimed the first successful use of the European Ombudsman in a complaint against the European Commission. A complaint lodged by the Legal Services Group (LSG), an alliance of five regional UK law firms with a joint office in Brussels, was the first the newly-appointed European Ombudsman Jacob Soderman ruled admissible, his […]

Can the Law Soc learn from PACH?

The Bar Council must be delighted with the success of PACH, its centralised system for processing applications for pupillage. Some 85 per cent of chambers chose to take part in the scheme and 1,700 students, who each made only one application on disk naming up to 20 chambers, are currently being matched with compatible sets. […]

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