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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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Risk management is just one of the tactics firms could use to reduce excess insurance costs, says Leo Schulz. Leo Schulz is a freelance journalist. Spiralling Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) premiums have helped focus the minds of many lawyers on the pitfalls of professional indemnity insurance (PII). In May, the Law Society Council was asked […]

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I fundamentally disagree with most of Mike Dailly’s article on public defenders (The Lawyer, 29 July 1997). It would take up too much space in your journal to set out my objections in full, and in any event there are many far more able than me who will want to do so. However, there are […]

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ONE of the founding principles of the Crown Prosecution Service – that lawyers should be exclusively responsible for the prosecution of cases – has been swept away by the government. Last week, the home secretary, Jack Straw, announced that non-lawyers are, for the first time, to be allowed to review files and prosecute uncontested cases […]

Hardly a film star's fortune

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 In The Lawyer, 29 July, Mr P Evans berates the payment of substantial fees to barristers who, because of their skill and intelligence, command these fees. Am I alone in thinking that the fees paid to barristers are modest when […]

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