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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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Litigation Writs 24/09/96

The Vale of White Horse District Council has launched High Court moves to curb the pig farming activities of one of Oxfordshire’s oldest established pig producers. After complaints from the public about smells and pollution said to constitute a health hazard, the council is seeking a court order to restrict the activities of RJ Allen […]

Crane crash

A vehicle crash with a difference is the subject of a pending High Court action. The trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, which owns the Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic High School at Greenford, Middlesex, are seeking £78,000 compensation from Baldwins Industrial Services, of Mill Street, Slough. Baldwins owns a 12-tonne crane that rolled […]

Courts face £25m computerisation

All crown and county courts in England and Wales should be computerised by the end of next year, under the terms of a contract recently awarded to a private sector company. Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has won the tender to supply IT services to criminal and civil courts under a contract worth £20 to 25m. […]

Fresh order for Integration software

Alison Laferla reports Solicitec and SoS have a 12th order for Integration Partner, which links the two suppliers’ Windows products, six months after its launch. Integration Partner provides real-time integration between the SolCase case management system, devised by Solicitec, and the SoS Practice Manager accounts system. The firms say they design ed the product to […]

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