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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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Top inspection marks for Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster

Cardiff and Manchester Metropolitan University Law Schools and the University of Westminster have all won top marks for their LPCs. Under the Law Society’s new assessment system, inspectors awarded all three of the institutions the ‘commendable practice’ grade, the highest possible. Introduced in October, the new system assesses teaching and curriculum standards, assessment procedures, learning […]

Camerons’ profit to soar as firm beats fee income target

Profit at CMS Cameron McKenna is set to rocket by 25 per cent this year, taking average profit per equity partner (PEP) over the £450,000 mark. The firm has released preliminary figures that put net profit up by 25 per cent to £63.4m. When divided by last year’s total partner figure of 134, it brings […]

Doing your firm a favour

Existing clients take on extra significance if you can sell them additional services, says Jonathan Denny Cross-selling additional services to clients as a way of growing a law firm’s business has become something of a Holy Grail for law firm marketing. However, the very expression ‘cross-selling’ implies that there are barriers to be crossed, and […]

Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence. Yesterday morning (10 May) the Lords ruled that the society is able to bring its case against Sephton & Co despite having filed the claim 14 years after the actions under […]

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