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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 30/6/98

John Simm Mather, 57, admitted 1970, practising at material times as John S Mather, Wigan, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £3,180. Practice ceased on 10 May 1997 on intervention by Law Society. Allegations substantiated that he failed to maintain properly written accounts, wrongly drew monies from client account and unreasonably delayed registration […]

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

Tailoring for the year 2000

You quote Mr Justice Lightman’s vision of courts in the year 2025: “I see a truly diverse Bench and Bar drawn from – and representing – all sections of society… wigs and gowns are gone: judges sit in lounge suits distinguished only by their choice of ties.” Do the women all wear suits and ties […]

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Claim limit slated

THE Law Commission is set to abandon controversial plans to introduce a 30-year “long-stop limitation period” in personal injury cases after the proposal caused uproar among PI lawyers. The Law Commission’s head of common law, Professor Andrew Burrows, told The Lawyer last week it was “unlikely” the commission would go ahead with the plan, which […]

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