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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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In brief: Crown Court may be able to fine tardy lawyers

Lawyers who cause unnecessary delay to crown court trials could be fined under proposals being considered by the Government to speed up justice. The plans also include a possible £50m IT programme to put computer terminals into every crown court including on the judge’s bench and in front of the jury.

Building society goes to Lords

The West Bromwich Building Society has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords in a key battle over home income plans. The Court of Appeal ruling in February, which is under challenge, centres on a long-running dispute over home income plans, promoted in the 1980s, and the liability of solicitors who carried […]

In brief: Ashursts hires new commercial property head

Ashurst Morris Crisp has appointed Simon Cookson as its new head of commercial property. Cookson replaces Laurence Rutman, who was head of the department for the last 24 years. Ashursts has also elected Gonzalo Fernandez as a banking partner.

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Money launderers, whose solicitors are turning a blind eye to their activities, according to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). Last week the NCIS released figures showing that the number of tip-offs it has received from solicitors about the activities of money launderers fell from 300 in 1996 to 236 last year. The NCIS attacked […]

Irvine aspires to be 'people's' Lord Chancellor

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine has revealed an apparent desire to emulate the popular touch of Princess Diana by being remembered as a “people’s Lord Chancellor”. In a interview with The Lawyer this week, the man who is spearheading a populist shake up of the legal system says: “I hope at the end of my […]

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