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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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Fee reforms may out-price litigants

Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams believe that new proposals on court fees could reduce the volume of willing litigants. Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams are senior lecturers at the University of Westminster School of Law. The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has published a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of a new regime of court […]

Advocates organise “flag-waving' event

Solicitor advocates are preparing to celebrate their coming of age this spring with their first national annual conference. The conference, taking place in May, has just been announced by the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA) which is buoyed up by a government promise to ease the restrictions governing the rights of audience of […]

In brief: Apil attacks Freedom of Information Act

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has told the Government that its Freedom of Information Act does not go far enough because it excludes information relating to investigation, prosecution or prevention of crime or the bringing of civil proceedings by a public body. It says this means victims of crime or accidents caused by negligence […]

After-the-event insurer in talks with banks

AFTER-the-event insurer Litigation Protection Ltd (LPL) is talking to two high street banks to set up premium-funding loans for solicitors as part of a new package of insurance products for conditional fees. LPL intends to launch the package, Access to Justice 2000, on 1 July to coincide with the introduction of the first tranche of […]

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