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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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AIM takes on Ushers in £0.5m rescue deal

Linda Tsang reports TOP legal software supplier AIM has acquired the business of financially troubled Scottish systems company HG Usher in a £0.5 million deal. Both companies had been working together in the LawDesk Consortium which pooled their research spending. A leading Scottish supplier, Ushers also has a significant market share south of the border, […]

SCB chief announces plans to quit amid furore over reforms

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe says that she knew she was writing herself out of a job when she drew up plans to reform the bureau. Lowe has told staff she expects to resign in summer 1996 with the conclusion of the Law Society’s two-year review of the bureau, which she believes will require […]

Mackay's plans: what lawyers think

Why the change? The system is failing because “clients and money are directed to solicitors” leading to court-based lawyer-led services. Solicitors are able to run cases the way they want which is “often not the way that either the client or the Legal Aid Board would choose”. The cost of legal aid is rising at […]

Midlands firm 'wired'

Linda Tsang reports Midlands firm Edge & Ellison has joined Clifford Chance, Denton Hall, and Jeffrey Green Russell, on the Internet. The move is believed to be the first by a Midlands-based legal practice. Senior partner Digby Jones says: “More and more of our clients are now established on the Internet, so it made sense […]

Building societies attack retainer plan

Building society chiefs are set to provide more quality work to corporate law firms while continuing a tough line on poor standards, negligence and fraud among conveyancers. And Law Society efforts on default issues are seen as protectionist attempts to preserve work for an over-populated profession. Building Societies Association (BSA) deputy director general Ron Armstrong, […]

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