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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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Law firms win £30,000 DTI multimedia prize

Two regional law firms have won a £30,000 award for a multimedia project designed to give clients access to legal information on CD-ROM and the Internet. Dennis, Faulkner & Alsop, from Northampton, and Tollers Solicitors, of Leicester, joined forces with management consultants Company Profiles Group, and information systems consultants, Ashton Court, to create a winning […]

In brief: Freemason inquiry seeks submissions

The Home Affairs Committee is inviting interested parties to make submissions to its inquiry on freemasonry in the criminal justice system and whether any restrictions should be placed on membership of the freemasons by police officers, prosecutors, judges or magistrates. Submissions should be sent to the committee by the beginning of December.

Foreign lawyers face Czech examinations

Foreign lawyers practising in the Czech Republic have complained to the Chamber of Advocates in Prague about a new law requiring foreign lawyers to pass an exam. The Act on Legal Advocacy, which became law in July, rules that foreign lawyers cannot practise international law until they have passed written and oral exams on the […]

Memories of campus days

I note with interest a claim by the South Wales firm Hugh James to be the first in the country to launch free campus-based legal advice clinics for students. Without wishing to dash their hopes, my firm originally operated a free clinic in the Students Union at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, for […]

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