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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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The leaked document on the conduct of the presidential elections is a testimony to all that is wrong with the Law Society. Not only are the presidential candidates prepared to fight a dirty war, they are also prepared to ride roughshod over the Law Society Council and use their influence to stifle debate on important […]

Disabled Crime Victims. Acting on injustice

Whether our legal system fails learning-disabled victims of crime is something which most lawyers have probably never even considered. After all, very few cases involving victims with learning difficulties ever get to court. But why these victims are so often exiled from the legal system is a question now being addressed in a play produced […]

Cooking up City practices

There are now nearly 60 US law firms operating in central London, employing among them a total of 439 fee-earners. If you put them all under one roof, they would form the 15th largest firm in the country – larger than Addleshaw Booth & Co and closing in on Nabarro Nathanson. No one can argue […]

In brief: Glasgow firm Bishops wins trusteeship

The pensions team at Glasgow firm Bishop & Robertson Chalmers has been appointed independent trustee for the occupational pension scheme of 6,000 workers and former employees at the recently privatised Rosyth Royal Dockyard. The scheme, with more than £300m in assets, is one of the biggest still administered in Scotland. Bishop’s pensions unit set up […]

IT spending doubles in three years among small law firms

Solicitors in small firms are now spending twice as much on IT as they were three years ago, according to a leading legal IT firm. Avenue Legal Systems said an analysis of its sales figures has revealed that firms with between two and five partners are now prepared to spend £60,000 on overhauling their IT […]

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