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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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Facts about Acts

In the past year, the legal profession in Ireland has found itself under attack from several quarters. Solicitors are currently heaving a collective sigh of relief after the Government modified proposals which would have forced them to report clients suspected of evading tax to the Inland Revenue. The so-called ‘whistle-blowers’ charter, section 153 of the […]

Firm opts for Linetime

Linda Tsang reports North East law firm Punch Robson has placed a £55,000 order with Linetime for software which includes database and credit control facilities. The system for the two-branch firm, which has 14 partners and 60 staff, will include an Altos 7000 Unix server supporting accounting, time rec- ording, database and credit control software […]

Technology will take lawyers out of the office

TECHNOLOGY will not only reduce office-based secretarial staff but will also get rid of more lawyers EYBA delegates were told. Chair of the UK Young Solicitors Group Andy Unger told young lawyers from around Europe how new technology meant practitioners could do much of their work from home. Speaking at a workshop based on the […]

Conference quotes

Steve Orchard, Legal Aid Board (LAB) chief executive: “What he [criminal legal aid lawyer Roy Douglas] said came out of an orifice and it wasn’t between his ears.” Paul Boateng, Labour legal affairs spokesman: “I have to say to you that there is no more money for legal aid.” Roger Smith, Legal Action Group director: […]

In brief: Evans regains legal aid franchise

London-based firm Evans Butler Wade revealed last week it has won back its legal aid franchise following a fresh audit of the practice. The franchise was suspended last month after the Legal Aid Board identified “non-compliance” with normal procedures. Evans says its counsel, Nigel Pleming QC, argued the shortcomings were trivial and did not justify […]

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