Cheer for small law firms

first_imgMore than 40% of small firm owners say their business is growing as the legal profession shows signs of optimism.The LexisNexis bellwether report 2014 found one in four independent practitioners is feeling ‘very confident’ about the future, while 82% described themselves as growing or stable. Interviews with 170 sole practitioners found confidence has doubled since the same poll in 2013.Many had put more money into their business in the past 12 months: 39% had invested in website development; and 34% had increased their investment in technology. Most were happy to remain independent, with just 7% saying they would rather work for a larger firm.The report also highlighted a growing sense that the independent sector is willing to innovate and evolve in order to grow business.Around half of those questioned describe themselves as ‘entrepreneurial’ and are keen to expand, while 68% enjoy the business management element of their role.Many firms are exploring alternative business models, with one in three considering a future merger and more than two-thirds having made major structural changes with a view to a long-term strategy.Speaking at a recent roundtable event to discuss the report, Essex lawyer Sukhjit Ahluwalia, incoming vice-chair of the Sole Practitioners Group, said: ‘New layers coming through realise success means not just being good at law, it is about being good at business.’last_img read more

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Landmark ruling on predictive coding in disclosure

first_imgA High Court judge has backed the use of predictive coding in e-disclosure to partially automate the review process.The landmark ruling marks the first time a UK court has officially given its approval for the use of this software. Master Matthews said predictive coding could be used in the case of Pyrrho Investments v MWB Property, in light of the ‘enormous’ expense of manually searching through the three million electronic documents involved.The technology, which analyses documents and ‘scores’ them for relevance to the issues in the case, was first approved in the US in 2013 and was endorsed in Ireland last year. But it is still rarely used in the UK, which was why the parties sought judicial approval despite both sides agreeing to use it in the disclosure process.Edward Spencer (pictured), an associate at Taylor Wessing, took the court through the cost savings that could be gained from using the software. He said that although most litigators know about the technology, lawyers in the UK have so far been cautious about using it.He told the Gazette: ‘Our default position is to see every single document before it goes to the other side. But it is a matter of proportionality really. The Jackson reforms mean the focus is much more on cost management.’He said the ruling could make it more common to use predictive coding in cases where this would be appropriate, and might mean lawyers will have to become more comfortable using the technology.Matthews found that the experience in other jurisdictions suggested that predictive coding can be useful, and said that there is greater consistency in having a computer review documents.He also said that the cost of manually searching the documents in the case would be several million pounds at least, whereas predictive coding was estimated to cost between £197,705 and £489,869.He ruled that due to the cost saving and size of the claim, it was suitable to use the software in this case.last_img read more

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Clinic needs help

first_imgA legal advice clinic set up by the University of Exeter is seeking volunteers to oversee students helping to plug a gap in immigration advice in the south-west of England. The service, sponsored by barrister set Matrix Chambers, provides advice and assistance with completing forms. Students are supervised by qualified staff at all times. Due to high demand in the area, the clinic is now seeking volunteer solicitors or barristers to supervise students remotely. They would be asked to assist on around five cases a year. ‘There is no law centre and no law firm in Exeter with immigration legal aid contracts, leaving many migrants without the advice they need,’ Helena Wray, associate professor in migration law, told the Gazette.For further information email: immigrationclinic@exeter.ac.uklast_img read more

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Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce second in 100 meters

first_imgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce settled for second place in the 100 meters at the Cayman Invitational on Saturday, behind the United States’ Jenna Prandini. Prandini clocked 11.16 seconds to take the race ahead of Fraser-Pryce, the World and Olympic champion having crossed the tape in 11.33 seconds.At a Jamaica All Comers meet last month, Fraser-Pryce was victorious, but in a slower 11.52 seconds.Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett finished the race fourth in 11.34 seconds, just behind another American, Aaliyah Brown, who clocked the same time as Fraser-Pryce, the three hitting the tape in a line.In fifth place was another Jamaican, Schillonie Calvert-Powell, who finished in 11.52 seconds, the same time as the Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither.Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson was seventh in 11.56, while American Destinee Brown rounded out the field in 11.62 seconds.Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce has been added to the 100m at the JN Racers Grand Prix set for June 9 at the National Stadium in Jamaica.Fraser-Pryce, won gold in the 100m at the 2008 Beijing and London 2012 Olympic Games.Known as the Pocket Rocket, Fraser-Pryce will next  line up against Americans Tori Bowie –the 2017 World Champion, Candice Hill, Jenna Prandini and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago. Fellow Jamaicans Christania Williams, Gayon Evans and 16 –year-old prodigy Briana Williams complete what will be a crack 100m lineup.last_img read more

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South African company charged for inflating prices during COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgDis-Chem Pharmacies Limited, a South African wholesale distributor and retailer of pharmaceutical products, has on Thursday been charged for inflating prices during the COVID-19 national lockdown.The South African Competition Commission has found the company guilty of excessive pricing on essential hygienic goods to the detriment of customers and consumers in contravention of the Competition Act.According to the commission, Dis-Chem inflated their surgical face mask blue 50PC, from R43.47 (excl VAT) per unit (50 masks) in February 2020 to R156.95 (excl VAT) per unit (50 masks) in March 2020, a price increase of 261%.The surgical face masks 5PC, the average price increased from R13.27 (excl VAT) per unit (5 masks) in February 2020 to R19.03 (excl VAT) per unit (5 masks) in March 2020, a price increase of 43%.“These essential items are surgical face masks blue 50PC, surgical face masks 5PC and surgical face masks folio dress blue. From at least 28 March 2020, the Commission received several complaints from the public against several retail stores owned by Dis-Chem for engaging in excessive pricing of face masks, specifically dusk and surgical masks,” the commission said in a statement.Related South African doll entrepreneur Truffles Fuel South African Industrycenter_img South African Chauffeur Industrylast_img read more

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Video: Port of Rotterdam Launches App to Reduce CO2, Wait Time…

first_imgThe Port of Rotterdam Authority presented the first version of its new digital application Pronto. Pronto constitutes a major step forward when it comes to improving efficiency for the some 30,000 vessels that call on Rotterdam every year. The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their waiting time by an average of 20 percent. The application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port.“Pronto is a good example of how the Port Authority uses new digital solutions to raise the efficiency of processes in the port,” says Port Authority CFO Paul Smits, whose responsibilities include digitalisation, one of the organisation’s strategic spearheads. “Pronto is based on international standards and offers shipping companies, agents, service providers and operators a joint platform for the exchange of port call-related information. The application allows all users to optimally plan, execute and monitor activities throughout the entire port call. This yields concrete benefits for all parties involved. The uniform mutual exchange of standardised data allows port calls to be planned more effectively and efficiently and rounded off in a shorter period of time. Pronto was extensively tested over the past year during the development phase. We will now be making it available to members of the port community – either in exchange for data or for a fee. In the period ahead, we will be further developing the application and adding a number of new features. We expect more and more terminals in the port to start using Pronto, which in turn will increase the accuracy of the data it generates.”Some 30,000 sea-going vessels enter the port of Rotterdam every year. To plan these calls effectively, the shipping companies need detailed information about all sorts of factors, including water depths, admission policies and arrival and departure times. Since September 2017, we have a global standard for these types of nautical and port information. Since then, the nautical information used on board vessels is compatible with the data used in the ports and elsewhere in the logistics chain – a basic condition for Pronto’s successful development.Shell was one of the parties that participated in the pilot in Rotterdam last year. Ed Barsingerhorn (GM Shipping & Maritime, Europe & Africa) from Shell: “The pilot convinced us of the added value of Pronto. We have reduced the waiting time up to 20% for departing ships. It is essential that all parties involved in the process, including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant data. When we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning.”Pronto: how does it work?Pronto provides shipping companies, agents, terminal operators and other service providers with a joint platform for the exchange of information relating to their port calls. They can either use the Pronto dashboard or input the data directly into their own systems via API interfaces.As soon as a vessel’s ETA becomes known, it is assigned its own timeline within Pronto. This timeline specifies every event (activity) that the vessel will be involved in during its port call: from its arrival and stay in the port to its departure.Pronto combines public data, data supplied by participating companies and predictions generated by artificial intelligence to maximise the accuracy of information presented in relation to a port call. Pronto never shares any information regarding the vessels’ cargo.This information is presented in a customised dashboard, allowing the user to easily filter the available data and zoom in on the timeline of individual port calls as required. With the aid of this information, users can plan and execute their activities with unprecedented efficiency.The progress and status of the various events are constantly updated in the dashboard. This allows users to monitor developments and adjust course where required. If they like, users can set the app to automatically alert them in the event of a relevant status update or changes to the planning.Pronto refers to the port information standards as established by the Port Call Optimisation Task Force.Sea News, April 20 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

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Seberapa Perlu Layanan Ride-Sharing Merata di Berbagai Daerah?

first_imgSebagaimana yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman brookings.edu (4/9/2018), ternyata tidak hanya di Indonesia saja yang mengalami kondisi serupa – dimana layanan ride-sharing juga semakin merajalela di New York. Sebuah studi menunjukkan bahwa menjamurnya layanan ini membawa dampak pada merosotnya 7,6 km per jam rataan kecepatan kendaraan di Manhattan pada rentang tahun 2015 dan 2017.Didukung dengan hasil studi ini, tentu saja pertanyaan di atas semakin santer dibicarakan oleh banyak pihak – sampai-sampai studi lain menyebutkan untuk mengganti public transport di Manhattan dengan layanan ride-sharing. Sederhananya, layanan ride-sharing semacam ini lebih tepat jika diratakan di daerah yang belum terjamah sarana transportasi berbasis massal.Disini, Pemerintah harus bisa memastikan bahwa layanan ride-sharing tidak malah bersaing dengan sarana transportasi publik yang terbukti lebih efisien dalam mengangkut penumpang. Pemerataan layanan trasportasi – baik massal maupun ride-sharing merupakan langkah awal yang bisa ditempuh Pemerintah dalam mengatasi persaingan terselubung ini. Semisal, Pemerintah harus mampu memperhitungkan daerah mana saja yang tepat untuk menggunakan layanan ride-sharing, pun sebaliknya.Selain itu, alternatif lain yang dapat ditempuh untuk menjawab pertanyaan di atas adalah penggunaan metode geofence yang terpusat untuk memantau pergerakan dari layanan ride-sharing di suatu wilayah tertentu. Geofence sendiri merupakan perimeter virtual yang berada pada area geografis yang nyata.Dengan menggabungkan posisi pengguna (layanan ride-sharing) dengan perimeter geofence yang terpusat tadi, Pemerintah dapat mengetahui keberadaan pengguna – apakah ia berada di dalam wilayah operasi atau tidak. Lebihnya, Pemerintah juga dapat mengontrol jumlah layanan ride-sharing yang berada di suatu daerah, salah satunya adalah dengan cara mencegahnya masuk semisal area tersebut sudah mulai terjadi kemacetan.Baca Juga: Ride Sharing Masa Depan Bakal Seperti Layanan dalam PenerbanganMemang, tidaklah mudah untuk memberantas kemacetan yang seolah sudah mendarah daging di kota-kota besar di dunia. Sebagai pemangku kepentingan tertinggi di suatu daerah, Pemerintah harus sedikit ‘menambah jam kerjanya’ untuk memikirkan solusi terbaik untuk permasalahan di jalanan seperti ini, mengingat tidak setiap daerah mampu diterapkan solusi yang sama dengan daerah lain. Toh pada akhirnya, semua untuk kelancaran bersama, bukan? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSering Tertukar, Ini Dia Perbedaan Antara Ride-Sharing dan Ride-Hailing14/09/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”inDriver, Aplikasi Ride-Hailing yang Bisa Tentukan Sendiri Besaran Tarif Penumpang24/12/2018In “Basis Aplikasi””Buddy” Layanan Ride Sharing Multi Penumpang Pertama di Dhaka12/02/2019In “Basis Aplikasi” Sumber: istimewa Menjamurnya sarana transportasi berbasis aplikasi yang terjadi dewasa ini sedikit banyaknya tentu memberikan dampak positif maupun negatif terhadap keseluruhan jaringan transportasi yang ada di sebuah kota atau negara. Tidak bisa dipungkiri, penumpang layanan ride-sharing semacam ini memang terkesan lebih ‘dimanjakan’, namun penambahan volume kendaraan di jalanan menjadi salah satu bukti bahwa kehadirannya (ride-sharing) juga membawa dampak yang negatif.Baca Juga: Ride-Sharing, Upaya Uber Untuk Lebih Mengerti “Perasaan” PenggunaJika berkaca pada situasi belakangan ini, bukan tidak mungkin bahwa inilah gambaran situasi transportasi di masa yang akan datang – dimana sarana transportasi berbasis massal terus berkembang, yang dibuntuti oleh pertumbuhan layanan ride-sharing. Pertanyaan pun mulai muncul, “Apakah layanan ride-sharing mampu ‘menjembatani celah’ antar layanan transportasi berbasis massal?”last_img read more

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HS Boys Hoops: Woodridge Bulldogs Bounce Streetsboro Rockets 60-51 in PTC Action

first_img Related TopicsStreetsboro RocketsWoodridge Bulldogs NEO HS Staff By Don DiFrancesco Streetsboro 7 11 16 17 = 51Woodridge (home) 14 14 11 21 = 60Woodridge took advantage of a slow start by Portage Trail Conference rival Streetsboro, holding off the Rockets by a 60-51 count on Friday night. The victory keeps the Bulldogs atop the PTC-Metro standings with a league record of 8-1. Streetsboro made only 8 of 27 first-half shots and trailed 28-18 at the break. Woodridge took their largest lead of the night early in the third quarter when senior guard Michael Massey’s 3-point basket made the score 35-21.But suddenly the shots stopped falling for Woodridge and Streetsboro started to heat up. The Rockets finished the third quarter on a 13-4 run and made it 16-4 when senior guard Arnold Jenkins knocked down a 3-pointer to open the fourth period.Woodridge responded to the challenge by closing out the game with a 21-14 surge. The Bulldogs made all 7 of their fourth quarter shots and compiled a shooting percentage of 54% for the game (23 baskets in 43 attempts). Each team had three players score in double figures. For Woodridge, Massey led with 16, followed by senior guard D.J. Snyder and sophomore guard Josh Decker with 15 points each.Streetsboro had 12 points from senior guard Deonte Lewis and freshman forward Devin Reese. Jenkins finished with 11.WoodridgeMassey 6-2-16Decker 4-4-15Snyder 7-0-15Arnett 4-0-8Fleming 1-2-4Driskill 1-0-2StreetsboroLewis 6-0-12Reese 5-1-12Jenkins 4-0-11Hardy 4-0-9Riley 3-0-6Harris 0-1-1last_img read more

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Injured skier Ito pursuing Olympics

first_imgMogul skier Miki Ito will continue to aim for next February’s Sochi Olympic Games despite suffering a knee injury, she said Monday.Ito injured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on Dec. 7 while practicing for a World Cup event in Ruka, Finland. A number of doctors have informed her that she would be better off having surgery rather than pushing herself to compete in Sochi. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I have spent these past four years doing what I need to do to win a gold medal,” Ito, who won a pair of silver medals at this year’s world championships, told a news conference.“I’m not going to adjust my goal and will keep going right through the Olympics.”Ito appeared at the news conference with her leg in a cast and walking with a cane.Tatsuo Hayashi, the director of freestyle skiing for the Ski Association of Japan, said the plan is to decide on Japan’s moguls squad around Jan. 20.“We want until the last moment to check her condition, including when she will be able to ski” Hayashi said. “We will consult with a doctor and look into every possibility.” center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Whiting says booming economy brought Tyson-Douglas bout to Tokyo

first_img KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “I thought Tyson looked lethargic and by all accounts he did not take the fight very seriously — sort of like the MLB ‘All-Stars’ who played in Japan last fall,” Whiting said. ” I also remembered thinking that it was probably a mistake to hold the fight in Tokyo because the city’s night life would be too much of a distraction — especially for someone like Tyson.“They held the fight in Tokyo for economic reasons. Most fight fans in the U.S. thought the match with Douglas would be inconsequential — just a warm-up for an anticipated match with Evander Holyfield. Holding it in Japan would generate more interest. Moreover, at that time, Japan was at the peak of its economic power, buying up expensive properties like Rockefeller Plaza and Columbia Studios.“Staging a heavyweight title match would be yet another important status symbol. The Nikkei had just hit its all-time high two months earlier and the yen was the world’s most powerful currency. So it made economic sense for Don King and the rest of the Tyson team to hold the fight there.”He added: “The fight happened at a time when heavyweight title matches still had a lot of cache — a lot more than they do now. Ali-Frazier fights in my humble opinion, represented heavyweight boxing at its peak. Everyone in the world stopped to watch. And when Tyson was champion, the title still meant a lot. Now mixed-martial arts seem to have eclipsed heavyweight boxing in popularity.”Whiting wasn’t at Tokyo Dome for the fight, but clearly remember details from that day.“As I recall, I watched it in some izakaya in Shimbashi with a crowd of drunken Japanese sarariman,” he said. “Everybody there expected Tyson to kill Douglas and was extremely disappointed when he didn’t; surprised how big Douglas was and how easily he dominated the match. Tyson looked out of it. Japanese I talked to there thought it was fixed.” Best-selling author Robert Whiting, who penned an epic series for The Japan Times examining the legacy of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics last fall, has lived in Tokyo for decades. He is a keen observer of the ties that bind the United States and Japan, especially through the prism of sports.In a recent interview, Whiting offered his analysis and recollections of the Mike Tyson-James “Buster” Douglas bout (Feb. 11, 1990) with the broader picture of that era at the height of the bubble for the Japan’s economy.center_img Robert Whiting, Mike Tyson, James “Buster” Douglas, heavyweight title fight IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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