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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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UK law cleaned up by soap

As most of you will be aware, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last week issued a historic judgment in the case of Goodwin & I v UK. After almost 50 years of case judgments in the UK and the ECHR that have failed to protect transsexual people’s rights, the ECHR last week ruled […]

Hamlins wins SFLA lawyer for family push

Hamlins has appointed former chairman of the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) Rosemary Carter (left) to head the firm’s family law department Carter was chairman of the SFLA from 1999-2001, and will remain a member of the association’s national committee. The move reflects the firm’s ambition to further build its family practice.

Ombudsman slates OSS for lack of client care

The Law Society and the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) have again been attacked by the Office of the Legal Services Ombuds-man (OLSO) But Ombuds-man Ann Abraham said the fundamental cause of the problem was a lack of service by solicitors to their clients.Abraham said: “There’s been a lot of promises and a […]

Halliwells appoints new corporate chief

Halliwell Landau has appointed corporate and banking partner John Whatnall as its new head of corporate Whatnall replaces Mark Halliwell, who has decided to return to fee-earning and client development after two years as the department head.

ASA clamps down on Taylor & Emmet advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint about Sheffield-based personal injury firm Taylor & Emmet The advertisement, which appeared in the local press, encouraged parents to bring claims on behalf of their children following accidents. The final line of the advertisement read: “So next time your child comes in crying, just think, could […]

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