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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 […]

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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 […]

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As white-collar crime goes, 19-year-old Titilayo Olaifa’s theft while on work experience at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is small potatoes. Nevertheless, by managing to steal £13,500 and attempting to steal £46,500 more, Olaifa attracted a jail term of five months for her theft and “fraud by abuse of position” (as reported on TheLawyer.com, 10 July). Olaifa […]

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