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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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Concern over courts' IT update after rift

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) is insisting that US company EDS’ contract to install IT case management systems in all civil and Crown courts is safe, despite the recent bust-up over the tender to supply the £170m Libra system in magistrates’ courts. Last week it emerged that EDS had complained to the LCD over the […]

SIF: still a runner – or dead in the water?

In the light of the CLLS’s recent condemnation of SIF, Shaun Pye wonders if the mutual fund stands a chance against the might of the City. In the bowels of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) HQ, staff can definitely hear the fat lady clearing her throat and preparing to sing. While last week’s call from […]

Med neg work: the facts

Last week’s news brief, “Med neg work to be restricted to franchisees”, reported that from next January only personal injury franchisees would be able to do medical negligence work, until that pool was restricted further, about six months later, following the introduction of a medical negligence franchise category. The new medical negligence category will actually […]

Strategy is everything in the fight for survival

The legal marketplace may be enjoying one of its best years ever, but there are still many firms which are not enjoying the fruits of this boom. Last week, The Lawyer reported the demise of 19-partner West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, which will split next month with its property department going to Lawrence Graham […]

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