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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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BLA official complaint over Regis debacle taken to OSS

The British Legal Association despatched an official complaint to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors over the alleged mismanagement of the Regis computer project. In what is believed to be a first in the history of the Law Society, the BLA has written to OSS asking it to investigate the handling of Regis by […]

Shoosmiths-Hambros alliance signals new conveyancing era

Shoosmiths & Harrison has forged a conveyancing alliance with Hambro Countrywide estate agents in a move which has dismayed high street practitioners. Under the arrangement between Shoosmiths and Hambros, the estate agents will offer in-house conveyancing to clients selling through its offices and advise buyers to go to Shoosmiths. Shoosmiths partner Roger Wilson is to […]

Litigation Writs 11/03/97

A consultant ophthalmologist from Stevenage, who claims he became the victim of an orchestrated campaign by Welwyn-based East Hertfordshire NHS Trust to discredit him, has launched a £400,000 plus High Court claim against the trust. Bachittar Singh Sandhu claims in his writ that he was suspended from his duties in October 1990, threatened with dismissal, […]

Lords to rule on council duties

Local authority lawyers are anxiously awaiting a House of Lords decision that will decide how far cash-strapped councils need to go in providing social services to the community. Gloucestershire County Council has appealed an earlier decision that it had breached The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 by withdrawing cleaning services to a disabled […]

Suppliers are given thumbs up

Alison Laferla reports Legal customers are not as dissatisfied with their IT suppliers as previous reports have suggested, according to the Legal Software Suppliers Association chairman John Wilde. A customer satisfaction survey conducted recently by the LSSA has revealed that most of the 426 respondents were happy with the overall service they received from their […]

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