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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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Denton Wilde Sapte has scooped its third major insolvency case this year. The firm has been appointed by accountants Kroll Buchler Phillips to work on the collapse of AIM-listed company SignCorp, which has got bank debts of between £8-10m. The amount owed to trade creditors has yet to be established. Lloyd’s of London has appointed […]

High fees for juniors fail value test

It is time for firms that charge clients a premium rate for work done by inexperienced junior lawyers to reduce the charges or increase the value on offer, says Paul Newton. Paul Newton is head of legal at Bupa. Being a lawyer myself, it is a painful admission to make that the legal profession is […]

Vote now for Legal Personality of the Year

The search is on for The Lawyer Legal Personality of the Year. The title, part of The Lawyer Awards 2000 in association with Bank of Ireland, is chosen by members of the legal profession. Last year’s winner was the Stephen Lawrence family solicitor Imran Khan. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Lord Irvine and […]

Church law may contravene convention

Roger Pearson reports on a High Court case which has a church claiming that landowners should pay one of its repair bills. A Warwickshire couple are waiting to hear the outcome of a bizarre legal battle in which their local church claims that they are legally bound to foot a £95,000 bill for repairs to […]

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Lawyers looking for stakes in dot coms. The Law Society has said that it does not want to introduce rules to stop firms and individual lawyers taking stakes in start-ups as fees despite potential problems over the duty of firms to give impartial advice. The comments came after news that Rosenblatt assistant Peter Crowther is […]

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