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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 06/05/97

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Law Soc to put £80,000 toward property centres

The Law Society has agreed to contribute £80,000 towards the establishment of a chain of solicitors’ property centres. The news was greeted with delight by Solicitors Property Group general secretary Leslie Dubow. “We think it’s not before time, and we are looking forward to seeing some progress now,” he said. The Law Society Policy Committee […]

Negative image of sole practitioners challenged

Solicitors working on their own are unfairly labelled as dishonest and incompetent by both the public and the legal profession, said newly appointed Sole Practitioners Group chairman Tim Readman. A sole practitioner for 16 years, Readman claimed the publishing in the legal and national press of a few high-profile cases of sole practitioners behaving badly […]

ABA launches digital satellite service at Chicago Techshow

THE American Bar Association unveiled plans to launch “the first telecomputer for the legal industry” this Autumn, at the ABA section of Law Practice Management’s 11th Annual Techshow in Chicago last month. ABA-sponsored digital satellite technology will enable multimedia services, such as legal news, entertainment, legal education seminars and practice-specific information, to be broadcast to […]

Law Society goes on-line

The Law Society’s Policy Committee has given the green light to a computer system that will allow council members to go on-line and communicate with each other over the information superhighway. A central bulletin board will only be accessible to staff and council members, and will allow them to receive information and input ideas. Treasurer […]

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