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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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Inquiry gives IR increased access to files

The Inland Revenue will have increased powers to gain access to tax advisers’ confidential files, following the Government inquiry led by Law Society ex-president Philip Ely. Accountants Pannell Kerr Forster says it is concerned that this may represent a “serious invasion of privacy”. The firm says that safeguards called for by Ely have not been […]

Acquitted Scots partners slam 'groundless' fraud prosecution

TWO partners from the Scottish office of leading personal injury and trade union firm Robin Thompson & Partners were acquitted of fraud charges by the Edinburgh Sheriff’s court. Partners David Stevenson and Lawrence Lumsden had both denied accusations of overcharging other solicitors when recovering litigation costs after successful cases. The prosecution alleged they had overcharged […]

Scots anger over fee hike

HOGMANAY heralds further outrage for Scottish lawyers and court users over additional rises in court fees, including a half-hourly fee rate for the High Court. Both the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Consumer Council will lobby MPs on what the latter describes as “a further erosion of the Scottish civil justice system”. The […]

Mackay pulls up LAB over advert

THE LORD Chancellor has rapped the Legal Aid Board (LAB) over the knuckles for pre-empting his plans for legal aid reform. Lord Mackay wrote to Law Society President Charles Elly to stress his concern over a board advertisement which assumed block contracts would be introduced. Richard Collins, planning manager, originally said the board would not […]

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