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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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Panel advocates use of set-off agreements

Banking lawyers should advise banks to use set-off agreements to protect their interests, the Financial Law Panel (FLP) says in a practice direction on security law. The advice is on how banks can secure their interests against cash deposits without taking a charge – the most common way for taking security. Lawyers favour a variety […]

Commission to rule on PI structures

THE LAW Commission will give its verdict next week on reforms to the system of structured settlements in personal injury cases. Plaintiff lawyers say clients should have a statutory right to periodic payments rather than a lump sum. Insurers are also broadly in favour of the principle of structured settlements but want to see changes […]

Elite billing system

Watson Farley & Williams has bought an Elite billing system. The firm has opted for the US software which includes nominal ledger, purchase ledger, conflict of interest, marketing and collections modules. The firm will set up on-line access to the system for lawyers in its six overseas offices. New York will be the first office […]

Conquest Group signs up Baker Tilly

Legal network the Conquest Group has signed chartered accountants Baker Tilly to provide accountancy, taxation and consultancy expertise. Group chair Richard Berenson says Conquest is “very pleased” to be working with Baker Tilly and says the working relationship will provide “consistent support and advice for our members, particularly in areas of rapidly changing legislation such […]

Pimcroft is called to join Bar

Simon Rogers reports A new supplier has joined the burgeoning barristers’ IT market. Pimcroft Legal Software plans to launch its Chambers Management System in October at the Bar Conference. Run by programmer Christian Thomas and ex-chief clerk Perry Coysh, the new package is Windows-based and designed to run on 486 SX PCs. It will run […]

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