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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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Firm's new fellowship

Sheffield firm Irwin Mitchell is sponsoring a new research fellowship at the University of Sheffield. The holder of the post – The Irwin Mitchell Research Fellow – will combine research into legal services policy at the university with a training job at the firm.

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Field to visit Sierra Leone as IBA rep

London barrister Rory Field has joined the United Nations monitoring team that is travelling to Sierra Leone to witness the trials of 58 people charged with offences allegedly committed during the 10 month coup by the junta that ended in February. Field will act as the International Bar Association representative.

Book of the week

Invisible Women by Angela Devlin. Gives a disturbing account of life in women’s prisons based on interviews with the prisoners themselves. Published by Waterside Press, Winchester.

CC has designs on its offices

CLIFFORD Chance has used three-dimensional “space management” software to plot its office layout. The package is also being used to help the firm pilot a project to set up ten-lawyer “team rooms” at its City premises. The practice is the first UK firm to use Visual Technology’s FM Focus software to work out the best […]

Profits shrink as growth continues

The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers1998 survey reveals some worrying trends, say Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall. Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall lead the Pricewaterhouse Coopers professional partnerships’ group and specialise in providing accounting, tax and business consultancy services to law firms. Over recent years, the annual survey has traced the industry’s progress towards improved financial management. This […]

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