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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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Chasing the debt

The growth in cross-border trading activity, particularly since 1992, has meant the problem of late payment has emerged on a new stage. Statistics show that debts are paid more quickly by debtors in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Indeed, many UK companies find northern European customers pay up more quickly than those in the […]

Pannone Napier dissolves

PANNONE Napier – the joint venture partnership set up by former Law Society president Rodger Pannone and leading personal injury lawyer Michael Napier – has dissolved. The specialist multi-party action firm, which brought in 50 partners from Sheffield’s Irwin Mitchell and Manchester-based Pannone & Partners, was the first of its kind when it was formed […]

Asim boosts membership intake

The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) has accepted three new full members and now boasts more than 50 firms. Batten & Co of Yeovil, Brachers of Maidstone, and Wilsons of Salisbury have all taken on investment managers and are capitalising on strong private client departments. Asim now has 20 full members with combined portfolios […]

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William Rouse advises solicitors to be more realistic when valuing estates Six hundred pounds was the sum the solicitor agreed to, but thanks to a thoughtful neighbour (a policeman) who bought in professional valuers, the contents of a deceased’s estate went for u15,000. This happens all the time. A solicitor’s job is to yield the […]

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