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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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DCA flies in for Indian liberalisation talks

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) began its visit to India today (26 April) to discuss the liberalisation of its legal market. Constitutional Affairs Minister Baroness Catherine Ashton will meet the trade and justice ministers in New Delhi and will visit state bar councils in Chandigarh, Bangalore and Chennai. Ashton commented: “We’re seeking better access […]

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Lord Lofthouse pans SRA for lame approach to coalminers scandal

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract has launched a scathing attack on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over its conduct when dealing with law firms that have profited unduly from the plight of sick coalminers. In his preliminary report into the conduct of solicitors handling miners’ claims, Lofthouse alleged that the Law Society, now the SRA, instead […]

Arthur Cox chief to head Irish finance shake-up

The Irish government announced this morning (Friday 27 April) that it has appointed the managing partner of Dublin-headquartered Arthur Cox, Pádraig Ó’ Ríordáin, as chair of the new Financial Legislation Advisory Forum. Ireland’s minister for finance, Brian Cowen, said that the financial services sector was key to the growth of the Irish economy. The establishment […]

Growing Howrey moves City team

Howrey’s London operation is gearing up for an office move to double its size in the capital. The firm plans to move into a new building at 5 New Street Square by the end of autumn next year, subletting the space from IP competitor Taylor Wessing. Howrey will take 40,000sq ft of Taylor Wessing’s 166,000sq […]

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