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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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Audit Commission warns of financial fraud

The chance of financial fraud is increasing among the privatised areas in the public service sector, says the Audit Commission in its annual report. The commission blames blurring of accountability, leading to “increased risks of waste and more opportunities for dishonesty”. The incidence of fraud in local government appears low but there are “some signs […]

Nick Hancock thinks it is time for justice to be made affordable

At a recent conference, separate panels of English and German lawyers solved a case study. The audience was impressed by the English solicitors’ Anton Piller order and broad discovery – until it emerged that it would cost ten times more to bring the case to trial here than in Germany. As Lord Woolf prepares for […]

Panel advocates use of set-off agreements

Banking lawyers should advise banks to use set-off agreements to protect their interests, the Financial Law Panel (FLP) says in a practice direction on security law. The advice is on how banks can secure their interests against cash deposits without taking a charge – the most common way for taking security. Lawyers favour a variety […]

Management Interface Ltd

Management Interface Ltd has scored two legal goals with the sales of systems to firms across the country. Northern firm Dickson Child Green & Greensmith has taken on a WordPerfect network, while Brand & Co of Surrey has opted for an AlphaLAW accounts, time recording and trusts set-up, following advice from Stoy Hayward’s Andrew Levison.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 30/08/94

KARINA MAY ALLAN, 36, admitted 1982, practised as Allan & Co, London N22, struck off and ordered to pay u1,980 costs. Allegations substantiated she failed to keep books correctly, wrongly drew and used client money for her own purposes, failed to deliver accountant’s report on time, acted for both sides in property transaction where there […]

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