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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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North west recruitment crisis

ONLY one of the 200 trainee barristers applying to Liverpool-based Exchange Chambers can hope for pupillage there next year. And only one out of 250 applicants for a place at the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper will get the job. The figures make alarming reading for lawyers wishing to work in the north-west. Roger […]

ESSEX

Essex is a small market, which looks north to East Anglia, rather than south to Kent or west to London for work. “I’ve never been sure whether we’re in the South East or East Anglia,” says one local lawyer and many of the firms which are important in the area have practices elsewhere. For example, […]

Costly learning curve

Cleveland County Council is seeking leave to take its judicial review action against the Local Government Commission to the Court of Appeal. By the end of the year many more local authorities in England will have tried to challenge the commission in the courts. Is this merely local authorities fighting for their own survival at […]

Justice calls for insolvency law changes

Justice, the legal campaigning group, has attacked current law for creating a “serious imbalance of power” in the insolvency system by being overwhelmingly prejudicial to small businesses and individuals. The group calls for changes including an insolvency ombudsman, more advice for small debtors, a two-tier bankruptcy system, a national insolvency strategy, a creditors’ charter, and […]

Legal-aid changes problematic

Doing away with the demand-led legal aid system would be riven with practical problems, according to Law Society President Charles Elly in a speech. He warned that the need for legal advice did not fit a predictable pattern, as concern grows that the Lord Chancellor’s imminent green paper on legal aid might seek to cap […]

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