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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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Questions of conflict

Conveyancers are constantly being told that they must adopt a commercial attitude to their work and must no longer look upon conveyancing as their bread and butter. Most solicitors are happy to do this but Practice Rule 6 inhibits solicitors from being properly commercial. The word “conflict” rears its ugly head and solicitors who would […]

Isle of Man front runner in race for LLPs

THE ISLE OF MAN has taken pole position in a race among offshore havens to enact limited liability partnership laws to entice City law firms to register with them. The island has introduced an amendment to a Bill currently going through its parliament in an effort to be the first island to introduce such a […]

Breaking the sound barrier

Voice technology systems – those which allow users to create text documents, enter numbers into spreadsheets and even conduct sessions on the Internet using the voice – are likely to greatly improve the productivity of lawyers. A year ago, I tested voice recognition products for The Lawyer, and concluded that “the rapid developments of these […]

Firm injects lease of life into Barts

CLIFFORD Chance is helping St Bartholomew’s hospital take on a new lease of life. The firm has drawn up a governing instrument so that a charitable foundation can run Barts independent of the NHS, which plans to close it in 2002. The firm’s link with Barts is well established. It was involved in the Save […]

Red-faced solicitors apologise for Bingham snub

A NATIONAL solicitors’ group has expressed deep embarrassment at the public claims of one of its committee members that Sir Thomas Bingham lacks the experience to be the new Lord Chief Justice. Last week, Derek French claimed to be speaking for the Criminal Law Solicitors Association when he told the Law Society’s Gazette that the […]

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