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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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'Don't Break My Copyright'

Roger Pearson The recent High Court action in which Birmingham secretary Debbie Banks sued pop group UB40 was a battle against the odds. And with the aid of Beasley & Johnson, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, she triumphed. Banks claimed she was responsible for co-authorship of one of the group’s chart-topping hits. The ruling by Mr […]

Law Soc sues KPMG for £8.5m

THE LAW Society is suing accountants KPMG for more than £8.5 million over a catalogue of alleged breaches of duty and negligence in its auditing of law firm Durnford Ford’s accounts. The society alleges the accountants failed to spot hundreds of anomalous financial transactions resulting from the theft of money from clients. KPMG rejects the […]

Rush to get Accident Line insurance

FIRMS have been flocking to join up to the Law Society’s £85 no win no fee insurance scheme, according to Chancery Lane officials. Nine hundred of the 1,300 Accident Line offices had signed up for insurance by the time the Law Society’s Accident Line Protect scheme was launched last week. David Hartley, of the Law […]

In brief: Solicitor wins review of LAB ban

Solicitor Hilda Amoo-Gottfried has been granted leave for judicial review of a decision by a Legal Aid Board London area committee banning her from the South London duty solicitor scheme. London number one committee’s decision in April 1993 was countermanded by a direction to reinstate her from the board’s national committee in April 1995. The […]

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