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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Local authorities clamber aboard the ABS bandwagon

It has taken just over two years, but for those standing patiently at the ABS bus stop for a local authority to gain a licence the wait is finally over. And predictably, two have come along at once. Last week (8 August 2014) Buckinghamshire County Council became the first local authority to gain ABS approval […]

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Nabarro’s foray into fixed-fee litigation

Fixed fees are becoming increasingly popular in the transactional world but in the wake of Jackson and the debate about third-party funders, litigators are also becoming more at home with the set-up. Take Nabarro. The firm is set to become one of the first in the UK to formally embrace fixed-fee structures for its disputes […]

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) has become the first non-legal entity with powers to regulate probate services and license alternative business structures (ABSs).  ICAEW is the accountancy profession’s largest regulatory body and the primary regulator of the ‘big four’ accountants. The institute’s new regulatory powers were granted by a statutory designation order approved by […]

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