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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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An after-the-event litigation costs scheme has been extended to allow companies and individuals throughout the UK to get £50,000 in insurance cover to take their cases to court. Under the LawAssist scheme, devised by Greystoke Legal Services, clients who receive little or no legal aid will be able to pay a £357 premium for each […]

Crown copyright on Net comes under fire

The Bar Council is lobbying Parliament for free access to legal materials for people using the Internet. The Bar Services and IT committee wants to see the government get rid of Crown copyright on statutes and related documents. Instead the Government is proposing to introduce a payment formula for reproducing Crown copyright material in electronic […]

Change for clients' sake

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 I am obliged to Mr Anthony Bogan for his letter published 27 August on two counts. Firstly, for having taken the trouble to read the articles and responding to them and, secondly, for acknowledging conveyancing is indeed a sinking ship. […]

Whose insult is it anyway?

Roger Pearson reports on a case which will affect satirical journalism and clarify what constitutes a libel When it finally reaches full High Court hearing, the pending libel action in which actor and film director Steven Berkoff is suing journalist Julie Burchill and The Sunday Times over an article which he claimed indicates he was […]

Inland Revenue – Self-assessment

“It’s all too easy to think that, as it’s only tax, it can wait till next week to be sorted out. Well, next week has now arrived.” These chilling words from the Inland Revenue heralded the beginning of self-assessment at a photocall this week to encourage taxpayers to “get up to date before it gets […]

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