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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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Youngest-ever Ilex president

DAVIES Arnold Cooper personal injury specialist David Pipkin has been elected as the youngest-ever president of the Institute of Legal Executives. Pipkin, a fellow of Ilex since 1979, was appointed as successor to Marron Dodds’ Phillip Partridge at the first meeting of the Ilex council last week. He says his main objectives for his year […]

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Bradford Hildebrandt outlines the major issues facing the US legal profession in the 1990s and finds that there is much work still to be done before the arrival of the millennium As 1994 ended, most US law firms recovered from several years of flat or declining profits, painful downsizing that often reached partner levels and […]

Dibbs' £700,000 system allows clients to access case histories

Helen Sage reports Dibb Lupton Broomhead is installing a £700,000 corporate network to allow the firm’s clients to gain instant access to their own case files. The network, the first of its kind to be installed in a law firm, will also provide a wide area managed data network service to connect the firm’s five […]

Practices shop around for systems

Helen Sage reports An increasing number of legal practices are looking to a number of specialist suppliers to meet their computer requirements. A survey among 80 law firms by chartered accountants James & Cowper and LawNet found there has been a move towards practices installing single or departmental PC solutions. “Many of these are very […]

Common language

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has a growing reputation both in the UK and internationally, claims Peter Lyons They say that doctors bury their mistakes but what about advocates? An attorney who makes a mistake does so publicly, often in open court and apart from damaging the advocate’s reputation, only one person pays and […]

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