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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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RICHARD WILLIAM HILL, admitted 1979, practising at material time as Hill and Co, Tooting, London, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £607.73 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly used client funds for purposes of himself and other clients, wrongly withdrew money from client account. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report of April 1994 revealed numerous bookkeeping errors […]

Accountants tread on legal toes

Neasa MacErlean reports on how accountants are moving towards legal services and asks whether they will be successful According to David Temporal, of management consultants Hod-gart Temporal, it is only a matter of time before several of the large accountancy firms decide to provide full-blooded legal services. “They will make significant steps in this direction […]

In brief: Elliott & Co squashes Freeman rumours

Elliott & Company has denied merger rumours linking it with City practice DJ Freeman. Senior partner Geoffrey Lord says the claims probably originated out of a social meeting between himself and Freeman’s head of insurance David Kendall, but he insists there is no truth behind them. But he says if Freemans, “a very highly thought-of […]

Litigation Protection launches rival to Law Society's insurance scheme

A CONDITIONAL fees insurance scheme has been launched by a private firm several weeks ahead of the Law Society’s own less wide-ranging insurance package. The premiums offered by Litigation Protection are significantly higher than the Accident Line Protect scheme to be launched by the society in mid-August. But insurance will be available through all solicitors […]

In brief: Law Society to amend audience code

THE LAW Society has agreed to amend its application for employed solicitors’ rights of audience in line with the views of the minority group on the Lord Chancellor’s advisory committee (Aclec) which supports extended advocacy rights. The amendments to the society’s proposed employed solicitor’s code confine employed solicitors to less serious crown court cases and […]

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