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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Cognito bought up

Legal software supplier Cognito Software Ltd has been bought by Microvitec plc. Cognito joins accountancy software supplier CSM Ltd as part of Microvitec’s vertical market software strategy. The new trust and probate accounting software, Custodiens, will be the first product to benefit from the relationship. CSM head Peter Mart says: “Microvitec is committed to Cognito […]

Firms cash in on coal sell-off

Freshfields looks set to be the on-going legal advisers for the biggest winner in the coal privatisation bonanza. The firm’s client, RJB Mining, formerly a British Coal opencast contractor, is expected to take most of the British Coal regions, together with contracts estimated at u1 billion a year. Also likely to benefit is Midlands firm […]

War veteran's battle over fees

A D-DAY veteran is fighting the legal profession’s “privileged position” on fees by taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights. Bill Shaw, 74, is striking a blow for litigants-in-person, whom he says are grossly discriminated against when claiming costs. He is taking his fight to Europe under Article 6 of the Convention […]

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