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Capital markets update – November 2018

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman The first edition of Capital Markets Update rounds up the month’s developments within the equity capital markets. Click below to read more

Proposed changes to how MEES affects residential landlords

By Peter Williams Residential landlords will be required to spend up to £3,500 of their own money improving the energy efficiency of their properties. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for properties that are to be let came into force on 1 April 2018. The regulations apply to both commercial and residential properties but this […]

Blog: New technology to drive solicitor’s productivity

We are finding that solicitors – and indeed others operating in the professional services sector – are facing a work-life balance crisis. In fact, according to our recent survey on workplace stress, 61% of the sector attributed lack of time as a key source of their work pressure. We believe technology can help solicitors use […]

Blog: Why are lawyers writing code?

Legal firms are embracing digital legal software – reimagining their business, streamlining processes, integrating real-time systems, providing mobile access and automating routine tasks. As part of this, increasing numbers of lawyers are choosing to find out more about what is going on behind the technology that is transforming the way they work.

Steps by Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition to encourage birth rate

By Srdjana Petronijević and Zoran Šoljaga The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “Commission“) is taking steps to encourage the birth rate in Serbia, one of the country’s primary political objectives. Its contribution to achieve that objective is current antitrust investigation on the baby care product market, which could ultimately lead to a price […]

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Lawrence Graham posts record profits

London firm Lawrence Graham has had a record increase in profits for the last year and upped average partner pay by around 35 per cent. The firm’s turnover has grown to £49.3m from last year’s £39.7m, a 24 per cent increase. Profits have gone up by even more – the average partner now takes home […]

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Jim Diamond

At the Solicitors Costs Conference in London in November 1999, I was asked to present my views on the future of legal costs, presumably as I was a critic of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) from a legal costs perspective (The Lawyer, 10 January 1999). The panel included three judges and a past president of […]

Freshfields Amsterdam partner quits for Brussels

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s international arbitration group is to lose a leading partner from the firm’s Amsterdam office. Albert Jan van den Berg is leaving to set up his own arbitration boutique in Brussels later this year. He joined from Stibbe (then Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot) in 1999, when Freshfields set up its greenfield Dutch practice. […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

Wragges increases profits by forty five per cent on last year

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has announced record turnover figures for this financial year. The 40 per cent increase brings Wragges’ gross fees this year to £76.3m. Last year’s turnover was £54.5m with average profits per partners of £257,000. The total net profit for this year, which is yet to be finalised, is estimated to be […]

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