• Changes to your website and e-newsletters

  • Penalised for putting things right

  • Flexible court hours pilot to start in September 2019

  • Court reform jigsaw too chaotic to set recoverable costs now

  • Court reform update – June 2019

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On the record: making the most of time recording

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Billable hours remain key to profitability for many law firms but also bring a heavy administrative burden. Andrew Moir and Amanda Chaboryk outline some of the opportunities they’ve found when analysing the time-recording data at Herbert Smith Freehills.

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The new discount rate – striking a fair balance?


John Cuss asks whether it’s time to update the Civil Procedure Rules in respect of service by email.

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My legal life: Kerry Underwood


Kerry Underwood discusses the importance of valuing professional skills in the age of Wikipedia, and why there are few truly new ideas in law.

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Legal professional privilege revisited – but not for the last time


In the landmark case of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), the Court of Appeal has overturned a controversial High Court decision restricting the application of litigation privilege.

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Dreamvar revisited: the nightmare for solicitors and insurers continues…


On 15 May 2018, the Court of Appeal published its judgment in the joint appeals of the P&P Property and Dreamvar cases.

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Podcast: Changes to the Financial Ombudsman Service


Thomas Bell and James Hall discuss the new rules enacted by the Financial Conduct Authority, which substantially expanded the Financial Ombudsman Service’s jurisdiction.

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