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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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Lord Irvine gives ground on merits test as legal aid plans take battering

The Lord Chancellor’s legal aid reform plans took a severe battering in the House of Lords last week as peers lined up to attack the proposals. Lord Ackner, who accused Lord Irvine of being a handmaiden of the Treasury, and Lady Wilcox, who said there was too little research available on conditional fees, were among […]

Passing the initiative test

Your editorial in The Lawyer, 25 November asserts that the Law Society has never “taken the initiative on legal aid matters”. In May 1995, we published a consultation paper, Design for the Future, putting forward a raft of proposals to make legal aid more cost effective and efficient. Later that year we published Better Value […]

Form-filling folly

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square The article by Professor Christie Davies, “The great legal aid franchising fraud” (The Lawyer, 2 December), touches upon the failing not only of franchising by the Legal Aid Board but of any system of […]

UK lawyers in China

Lawyers from Cameron McKenna and Herbert Smith recently took part in a delegation to China to discuss “the effect of the rule of law on economic growth”. Pamela Castle, head of Camerons’ environment practice, was joined by Martin Rogers, of Herbert Smith Hong Kong, and barristers Michael Beloff QC, Johnny Veeder QC and Helen Mountfield. […]

Racine to London

Canadian firm McCarthy Tetrault has brought corporate partner Georges Racine over to its London office. Racine relocates from McCarthy Tetrault’s Quebec city office. The Canadian firm now has three lawyers, including two partners, working from its London office.

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