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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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Reining in the lawyers

While Mrs Tulkinghorn is a big fan of the Channel Islands as a holiday destination, it is not often that its legal market is regarded as a driving force in the development of law firm practice. It was only a month or two ago, for example, that The Lawyer reported on what is believed to […]

IBA condemns Sri Lankan judicial system

AN International Bar Association (IBA) report has condemned the deteriorating judicial and constitutional system of Sri Lanka. The report finds that the government of Sri Lanka has attempted to act unconstitutionally, that the independence of the judiciary has been undermined by the chief justice and that the Sri Lankan media has been harassed and intimidated.Until […]

Insurance

Predictions of significant premium increases for professional indemnity insurance are becoming increasingly confident, and law firms are being presented with some interesting choices.No business wants to see its costs slant upwards, but what is the alternative? Law firms cannot practice without cover for their potential mistakes, so they look to the Law Society-approved providers, pay […]

Deals summary

Rowe & Maw (Archana Hogarth) advised England Football Enterprises, a subsidiary company of the Football Association, on the successful planning application for its development of the National Football Centre, a state-of-the-art facility at a 350-acre site near Burton-Upon-Trent. East Staffordshire Borough Council advised in-house (David Duckitt). Staffordshire County Council also advised in-house (Colin Davis). Freshfields […]

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