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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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Entitlement to fees and costs indemnity insurance moneys Legal Protection Group v (1) Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; (2) Official Receiver; (3) Philip Adrian Travers; (4) Alsop Wilkinson (1996). Ch.D (Rimer J) 1/3/96. Summary: Law firm which acted for an insolvent company in resisting a winding up petition in the belief it would […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 12/03/96

Richard William Hill, admitted 1979, practised as Hill & Co, London SW17, struck off. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, drew client money contrary to accounting rules, and failed to keep properly written accounts. Hill previously appeared before tribunal in August 1984 and April 1995 when […]

Hands off our profession

I am somewhat alarmed to read about the increasing interest of accountants in the legal profession. It is a worrying trend and one on which the legal profession must take a stand. Multidisciplinary practices are not even allowed and yet we see the major firms of accountants preparing to go down this route. It means […]

CPS issues guidance

DECISIONS on charges for driving offences should be easier after guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service. The new guidance, called a charging standard, will help police and prosecutors make the right choice on multi-charge driving offences. Before a case can proceed, the guidance requires a prosecutor to be satisfied there is sufficient evidence for […]

Irish eyes are smiling on London

The central role played by the City in international finance has, over the years, led many law firms from around the world to establish offices in London. For Irish law firms, the motivation to establish in London has been all the stronger given the substantial trading links between the two countries and their geographical proximity. […]

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