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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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It's a fair crop

Now, in Tulkinghorn’s day, the job of a criminal defence lawyer was to try to get your client off, or at the very least reduce the charges to the barest minimum. But this, it seems, is no longer the case.The Guardian reported recently on the case of its columnist George Monbiot, whose legal team has […]

Chelsea picks Mills & Reeve for planning work

Mills & Reeve planning lawyers have been selected to advise Chelsea Village on its application for planning permission to build a new training academy for Chelsea Football Club, following a competitive tender process.Chelsea Village, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, is a new client for the firm.The planning team, led by partner David Brock, beat […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Michael Smith) advised Daiwa Securities and Mizuho International as managers of a ¥21.8bn (£115m) securitisation of auto receivables originated by the Orient Corporation (Orico). Nishimura & Partners (So Saito) of Tokyo advised Orico. Allen & Overy (Andrew Harrow) advised the dealers on the $1bn (£707m) medium term note (MTN) programme of Hysan. […]

Travers in record NTL recapitalisation

Travers Smith Braithwaite has been appointed to the $20bn (£14.2bn) recapitalisation of NTL, which is considered to be the biggest debt restructuring ever The telecoms company is a longstanding corporate client of Travers, but such a massive restructuring is a major coup for the corporate recovery team.The Travers team is led by head of corporate […]

Reed Smith management rejig sees two arrivals

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has appointed Mark Dembovsky as chief strategy officer and David Duckhouse as chief finance officer in a shake-up of the firm’s management The management review has been seen as a way to cement last year’s merger between UK firm Warner Cranston and US-based Reed Smith. Both Dembovsky and Duckhouse come to […]

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