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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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Tribunals in cash plea as workload increases

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Insolvency reform under threat as Mandy departs

The future of insolvency law reform is in doubt after the abrupt departure of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Peter Mandelson. Insolvency lawyers are questioning whether planned reforms will take place in spite of Mandelson’s departure. Mandelson planned to reduce the burdens of insolvency. The fate of the proposed moratorium for smaller companies […]

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The world’s biggest accountancy group, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is understood to be planning to buy a medium-sized City law firm this year as part of its plans to be a top five international law firm. Gerard Nicolay, global leader of PwC’s legal network, says he wants the group’s London practice to have 400 to 500 lawyers […]

Calvert-Smith promises to make CPS victim-friendly

The Crown Prosecution Service vows to give victims of crime and witnesses full explanations of why cases are dropped, says Director of Public Prosecutions David Calvert-Smith in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. The CPS has been frequently criticised in the past for failing to inform victims, provoking stinging attacks in the media. Calvert-Smith, who […]

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