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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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New rules allow German limited liability practices

GERMAN law firms can now limit liability claims to partnership-owned assets and the individual property of specific lawyers following the introduction of new legislation last month. Brought in via the Statute Concerning Partnerships for Members of the Independent Professions, the rules mark the first creation of a new German legal entity since 1900. The optional […]

Infinity upgrade woos chambers

Helen Sage reports More sets of chambers are installing ACE Systems’ latest version of Infinity software. The new software has attracted both Pick users who have decided to switch from their existing system and Unix users upgrading from the previous version of the software. The strategy planner enables greater user control over data and includes […]

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In brief: War criminal demands Japanese apology

Japanese war criminal Hiroshi Abe has admitted his country maltreated British prisoners during World War II and has called on his government to issue a formal apology. Abe, an engineer in charge of working parties on the Burma-Siam railway, apologised in a statement read in London’s Imperial War Museum. The comments come amid a court […]

Leeds firm revamps litigation software

Helen Sage reports Five-partner Leeds firm, Nelson & Co is developing the debt recovery work in its commercial litigation department with help from specialist legal software created by Linetime. The software, Debtime, is a County and High Court debt recovery package which helps the firm provide a more efficient service. Head of Nelsons’ commercial litigation […]

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