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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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Accountant takes over the controls at Richards Butler

RICHARDS Butler has abolished the post of managing partner and appointed an accountant to oversee the running of the firm. The move promotes finance director Chris Schulten to the newly-created job of chief executive, while former head Ken Ollerton, who had worked as managing partner for the past four years, returns to his practice as […]

In brief: Group advises on 'jobs for the girls'

The Young Women Lawyers group will be holding a ‘job opportunities’ evening on 19 October at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. The evening is aimed at students and applicants for traineeships or pupillages, as well as the newly qualified and unemployed. Advice and information will be on offer from partners in City and high […]

Law Soc backs Taylor in sentence row

The Law Society has strongly supported the Lord Chief Justice’s unprecedented attack on the Home Secretary’s plans for tougher sentences for burglary and violent offences. A spokesman criticised Home Secretary Michael Howard’s move into the preserve of judicial discretion describing it as another step toward a “totalitarian State”. Roger Ede, secretary of the society’s criminal […]

Bakers' assistant cleared of assault

A SOLICITOR with City firm Baker & McKenzie has been cleared of attacking a gay airline steward in a brawl at a cashpoint machine. Stephen Sumpton was acquitted at Southwark Crown Court of assaulting Neil Chambers causing actual bodily harm. Sumpton, a 27-year-old assistant at Bakers, was alleged to have assaulted Chambers after shouting homosexual […]

Doctor in the set

John Malpas reports A former doctor has made the transition to the Bar to join Devereux Chambers as a tenant. Dr Dijen Basu, who has just completed his pupillage at the set, is currently doing employment, personal injury and commercial work but hopes his medical background will help him to specialise successfully in medical negligence […]

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