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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 Disciplinary Tribunals 9/9/97

Michael Peter Seward, 40, admitted 1982 and Anthony David Lea, admitted 1979, practising at material times as Michael Seward and Co, Warrington and St Helens, respectively fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,049 costs, and £500 with a £1,000 costs order. Allegations substantiated that Seaward wrongly drew and used client account money for his own […]

Govt tells Law Society and Bar to devise vocational loan scheme

THE Law Society and the Bar Council have been asked by the government to draw up proposals for a loan scheme to help budding lawyers fund their vocational training. The move follows a meeting between Bar Council chairman Robert Owen QC, Phillip Sycamore, the president of the Law Society, and Education Minister Kim Howells last […]

Solicitor challenges police

A pending appeal could produce a flood of litigation against doctors who allegedly prescribe the wrong drugs, reports Roger Pearson. The Law Lords are to consider the case of a solicitor who claims she was wrongfully arrested by police. Solicitor Georgina Lois Smith, has won leave to appeal against her failed claim against Wiltshire Police. […]

Litigation Personal Injury 9/9/97

Povey v South Birmingham Health Authority – QBD 25 July 1997 Claimant: Stephen Povey, 49 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claim by widower and two teenage children of 40-year-old woman who died undergoing an operation following the discovery of an aneurysm in main artery at base of skull. Held that consultant neurosurgeon was guilty of negligence […]

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