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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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 Disciplinary Tribunals 10/06/97

Robert Ian Corteen, 42, admitted 1985, practising at material time in partnership of Lewis & Dick of Ewell and Sutton, struck off and ordered to pay £980 costs. Allegations substantiated he was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in July 1996 of 10 counts of procuring execution of a valuable security by deception, and was jailed […]

The road to recovery

While practices found 1993 the bleakest year of the decade, with a 20 per cent fall in profits and typical profit per partner dropping from 1991’s £100,000 to £72,000, 1994 looked more promising. Commercial property lawyers were in demand, and although a number of City firms, including Titmuss Sainer Dechert and Denton Hall, cut staff, […]

In brief: Law Society aims to restrict conveyancing

Conveyancing solicitors should be restricted in acting for both building societies and borrowers, the Law Society will be proposing later this month. The Law Society Council last week resolved to consult the profession on amending its regulations so that joint representation of borrower and lender will only be permitted where the instructions for the lender […]

Putting trust in authority

Since the mid-1980s, social and financial problems have been adversely affecting the functions and services offered by local councils. At worst, they have resorted to stringent cuts that produce a barrage of complaints from taxpayers and corresponding bad press. At best, these organisations have sought alternative routes for financing various public services and amenities. One […]

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