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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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In brief: Labour MP opens Hartlepool law centre

Peter Mandelson MP was on hand to open Hartlepool firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s new legal advice centre. He is pictured above, left, with Tilly’s partner John Tilly. Members of the public can drop into the centre for advice on any legal matters.

In brief: Get your words right, says campaign head

Lawyers are doing clients a disservice by using archaic, poorly punctuated and abstruse language. This was the message spelt out by the Plain English Campaign at its fringe meeting at the Solicitors Annual Conference last Friday. Campaign founder Chrissie Maher said: “Even today many lawyers are still unsure of what plain English means. They wrongly […]

Manches & Co invests in VoiceType Dictation system

London solicitors Manches & Co has ordered eight more copies of IBM’s VoiceType Dictation 3.0 system, bringing its total to 13 copies. The system, which allows users to dictate their own documents direct to screen and correct them without secretarial help, has been tested by the firm’s 110 fee earners over the past two years. […]

Judicial review/police bill. Judgement Day for the executive

Judicial review is grabbing the headlines again following the recent High Court decision that the calculation of the release dates of prisoners serving concurrent sentences had been unlawfully applied by the prison service for the past 30 years. The judgment was a further blow to Home Secretary Michael Howard, coming as it did after the […]

Take a break from Christmas

Christmas may be sold as a magical time of family, excitement and a reaffirmation of the Christian values in life. In reality, it is a time of holidays, Bond movies and presents. As we get older and leave the childish things behind, the presents we receive become less exciting and time off work becomes shorter […]

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