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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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Lee Gleeson was born in London in 1963 and still lives in the city. She is an assistant in company and commercial at Charles Russell in London. She is one of only 12 lawyers to pass insolvency exams. What was your first job? Cinema usherette. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £10,500 […]

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Charles Russell office goes solo

THE SWINDON office of City firm Charles Russell has branched off to form a niche practice aimed at high-tech commercial and property work. Richard Clark and Jeremy Holt have formed Clark Holt with the town’s third Charles Russell partner property lawyer Graham Brothwood. But they retain links with Charles Russell by forming an association. Clark […]

Scots appeal rethink may breach Euro human rights

SCOTTISH lawyers fear new rules limiting criminal appeals could lead to miscarriages of justice and may even be contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights. Solicitors are being warned by the Faculty of Advocates that the new appeal provisions may be “contrary to the principles of natural justice”. The faculty is also sending a […]

Dealing on-screen

One of the most significant changes in the financial services marketplace has been the reduction in the number of advisers. There are now less than 70,000 advisers where five years ago that total exceeded 250,000. This opens up a considerable business opportunity for legal practices to fill the gap. More importantly, legal practices will not […]

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