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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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Firm gets IT manager

Linda Tsang reports Manchester firm Cobbett Leak Almond has appointed Neil Davies as IT manager for its city centre offices. Davies will oversee all aspects of IT development for the firm’s 180 staff. The firm’s managing partner Stephen White commented: “This appointment will enable the firm to take advantage of current and predicted technical advances […]

Group welcomes Quebec connection

QUEBEC firm Joli-Coeur Lacasse Lemieux Simard St-Pierre has become the thirteenth practice admitted to international network the Pannone Law Group. The firm, which has offices in French-speaking Trois-Rivieres and Sainte-Foy, joins practices in sites including the UK, Paris, Barcelona, Milan and Stockholm. The group, established in 1989 by Manchester practice Pannone & Partners, was the […]

YSG probes advocacy 'problem'

AN OPEN meeting is being held this week in a bid to encourage more solicitor advocates to apply for higher court rights of audience. The open meeting at the Law Society’s council chamber on Friday is being organised by the Young Solicitors Group which says it is “very concerned” at the “extremely limited take-up” of […]

IT is regions' secret weapon

Linda Tsang reports SOPHISTICATED IT systems are forming part of an arsenal of weapons enabling regional practices to compete with their City counterparts. Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson recently demonstrated the benefits of its newly-installed document management system at a presentation attended by the firm’s clients and intermediaries. These included representatives from Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG […]

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