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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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Bennets loses four in major exodus

FAMILY law firm Margaret Bennett has been hit by a wave of departures. The five-partner firm will lose two partners, an associate and an assistant in the space of two months, one of whom is dropping from partner to assistant status in his move. Renowned child abduction and international custody dispute specialist Anne-Marie Hutchinson has […]

In brief: Paisners and Charles Russell 'bubbling under'

Paisner & Co and Charles Russell have issued performance figures for last year which show they are among those firms “bubbling under” The Lawyer’s Top 50 fees table, published last week. Both Paisners, which has 36 equity partners, and 37-equity partner Charles Russell enjoyed a good year. Paisners reported gross fees of £18.8m, average profits […]

Case management unit halves Scottish firm's costs

SCOTTISH firm The Morton Fraser Partnership claims it is managing to more than halve its costs by using case management technology to pool its high volume ‘commodity’ work into a single department. The case management unit is staffed by seven paralegals who use the Axxia Case Manager system under the supervision of one solicitor. The […]

Carter-Ruck launches no win-no fee plan

Leading libel firm Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners is set to spark a huge upsurge in defamation cases against the media by announcing a new no win-no fee policy. The firm, founded by the doyen of libel law, Peter Carter-Ruck, will this week announce that clients who begin defamation will not have to pay fees if […]

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