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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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Burness partner joins Standard Life

Standard Life has created a new role of director of legal services which will be filled by Malcolm Wood, corporate partner at Scottish commercial firm Burness. Wood says that he became aware that Standard Life was structuring a new post in its legal department before Christmas. Previously, the legal function came under a general manager […]

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Smile – you’re in The Lawyer As an avid reader of your paper, if only to marvel at just how different the profession you portray and the bulk of local practice actually is, I was struck by just how serious a business the upper 5 per cent of the law now appears to be. In […]

Bradford & Bingley sets up commercial law panel

Bradford & Bingley is setting up its first ever formal legal panel for corporate and commercial work. The bank currently uses a number of firms on an ad hoc basis, but it will now instruct only those firms that make it onto the panel. Last year Bradford & Bingley, which demutualised late last year, slashed […]

OFT report encourages public access to barristers

The long-awaited Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report into the legal profession is believed to have called for the public to be able to go directly to barristers without having to instruct a solicitor first. If the proposals are accepted then chambers could see their incomes from BarDirect spiral to around £200m a year. The […]

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