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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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A festival of in-house talent

Bah-humbug to all the smug so and so’s off to Glastonbury this week. For the rest of us stuck in the office, put on some background folk music and get into the festival mood with the in-house lawyers headlining in The Lawyer this week. Let’s start with the emerging talent tent. Here, Nationwide general counselLiz […]

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The game changer

Knowledge management played a pivotal role in creating ‘Big Law’, but it must now be used as an agent of change By Matthew Whalley client knowledge manager and head of legal risk services Berwin Leighton Paisner Faced with cost-reduction drives from clients and a migration of talent into in-house teams, the legal services model is under […]

Walker Morris launches tracker to map changes in employment law

Walker Morris has launched a legislation tracker to follow changes in the employment law arena. The first half of 2013 has seen many announcements in relation to changes expected. With new information being received almost weekly, Walker Morris’s legislation tracker sets out the changes in chronological order and highlights the headline points together with the […]

Supreme Court’s pay-for-delay ruling raises more questions than answers

On 17 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled in Federal Trade Commission v Actavis that antitrust challenges to pay-for-delay agreements between drug makers should be analysed under the ‘rule of reason’. The court took a middle ground between the position advanced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which argued that the burden should be on […]

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