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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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Isma signs Perfect deal for on-line prospectuses

Linda Tsang reports On-line information provider Perfect Information has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Securities Market Association (Isma) to provide its users with access to over 11,000 prospectuses for international securities. Perfect users will be able to access any document, which will be displayed as an image on a PC screen. The facilities […]

English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic. And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught. Delivering a paper to last week’s International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick’s Roger Burridge said English […]

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AN English woman who fled to the UK from Australia with her 18-month-old daughter has been ordered by the High Court to return the child to Australia where her father is a resident. The recent case has highlighted the increasing number of such custody battles reaching the High Court. The order to return the daughter […]

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