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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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'Dear Taffy' letter embarrasses firm

Faversham practice Newfield & Co has run into trouble with the Law Society after a Welsh company was sent a reminder for payment from the firm which opened with the words: “Dear Taffy Bastard”. The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) has confirmed it has received an official complaint from caravan cleaning company Cara […]

CPS reverses policy on chief prosecutors

THE CROWN Prosecution Service (CPS) has performed a policy U-turn and decided to invite private practitioners to apply for the 42 new chief crown prosecutor (CCP) posts being created by the Labour Government. The news was broken to senior CPS prosecutors in an internal memo sent out last week by director of corporate services David […]

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Bar urged to change its non-practising barrister tag

The Bar Council is being called on to scrap the label “non-practising barrister” and to replace it with the term “barrister without rights of audience”. The proposal is a key aim of the newly-formed Non-Practising Bar Association. Currently, only barristers who are exercising their rights of audience as independent practitioners are allowed to describe themselves […]

Building an early settlement

In the bad old days, personal injury lawyers on both sides were reluctant to make the first settlement proposal in case it was seen as a sign of weakness. They would also make early settlement proposals that were so wide of the mark they were ignored, or would only enter settlement negotiations after their briefs […]

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