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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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Judgments go online via Smith Bernal Web site

A FREE Internet service with details of all Court of Appeal and Crown Court judgments has been launched by official court reporters Smith Bernal. Reports will be made available to the public on the same day that they are released by the judiciary via a service known as Casebase, which has been developed at a […]

Camerons to open Bristol “City expertise' practice…

CAMERON Mckenna – best known for its expansionist designs abroad – has turned its attention closer to home with the surprise launch of a corporate practice in Bristol. The three-partner team, to be set up in June and led by Michael Jones, is to operate under the banner “City expertise – Bristol-based” and will bolster […]

Sets to be “named and shamed' over equality

THE BAR Council is preparing to “name and shame” chambers that have failed to come clean about their equal opportunities policies after less than a quarter responded to an official survey on the issue. Last June, 420 sets were asked if they had implemented the Bar Council’s 1995 Equality Code but only 92 have replied. […]

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