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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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Sandy's defence sees BCCI statements

US lawyers prosecuting Simmon & Simmons partner David Sandy have presented his defence attorneys with records of statements where he admits to having made and kept copies of the Iqbal diaries. Sandy is charged with tampering with evidence relating to the BCCI inquiry. He denies any wrong-doing. In an interview in April 1984 in Abu […]

Law Society's civil blueprint

THE LAW Society has called for a single civil court to be established as part of a package of measures designed to speed up and cut the cost of litigation. Other proposals include specialist judges and courts, better disclosure and discovery, “plain English” pleadings and a new Standing Commission that would review civil law procedures. […]

In brief: Midlands correction

Our table of Midland firms (The Lawyer 4 April) omitted George Green & Co of Cradley Heath, which has 34 fee earners. Also missed out was Leamington Spa’s Blythe Liggins with 29 fee earners. In the same survey Wragge & Co’s principal areas of work should have included commercial property at 27 per cent.

Eversheds logs on for cost system

* Eversheds in Birmingham and Manchester is installing the Radius Costlog cost recovery software system for photocopier and fax machine usage by matter code. In Manchester existing PCs monitor three photocopiers and four faxes, while in Birmingham a notebook PC will be networked to run the software. Costlog works by linking the operator functions and […]

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