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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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Accountants to circulate Law Soc investigations

Law firms can learn from the mistakes of other solicitors under a scheme being set up by a chartered accountants firm to distribute the results of Law Society investigations into law firms. Geo Little Sebire & Co’s legal services division is planning to send participating lawyers anonymous extracts from Law Society Monitoring Unit reviews of […]

Lawyers using information technology are giving away secrets, says offices report

Lawyers are in danger of letting secrets slip when using communal office equipment, according to a recent survey. The survey of 100 lawyers, carried out by office equipment suppliers Gestetner, revealed that lawyers used fax machines enthusiastically but not always to best effect. One lawyer faxed a confidential document to a newspaper, but another went […]

Reform promised after Regis fiasco

President of the Law Society, Tony Girling, has supported calls for radical reform of the society’s financial and management structures following a damning report on its Regis computer project. An interim report by a Law Society inquiry into the project has found that inadequate financial controls and poor project management have dogged Regis ever since […]

Prosoft Carpe Diem reaches version two

Texas-based ProSoft Corporation has launched a new version of its time and expense tracking package, Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem allows users to record billable time through a series of timers which can be labelled, for example with a client’s name. It can also create electronic timesheets and expense reports, which can be posted into most […]

Lord Mackay meets EU chiefs to tackle human rights set-up

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, is in Strasbourg this week to discuss how improvements can be made to the way the human rights convention machinery works. He will meet the president of the European Court of Human Rights, Rolv Ryssdal, and the secretary general of the Council of Europe, Daniel Tarschys. Discussions will centre on […]

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