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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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In a global legal profession, Australian firms are unique. While most have strong Asian practices, the argument for setting up in the Northern hemisphere is considerably harder to swallow. An overseas office is always expensive. Obviously, the trick is to make sure the benefits outweigh the costs, be those benefits work referred home, successful competition […]

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Wilson Bowden sells Nottingham leisure scheme to BP Pension Fund for £50m. Wilson Bowden advised by Linklaters (Martin Elliot), BP Pension Fund advised by Maxwell Batley.

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Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust in £16m deal with Amey. Public body advised by Mills & Reeve (Raith Pickup, plus Bridget Archibald, Tom Cassidy and Philip Farrar). Amey subsidiary advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Frank Dufficy). Funder is Barclays, advised by DLA.

Reynolds wins joint venture deal

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has snatched a lucrative deal from under the noses of leading media firm Wiggin & Co. The deal is a joint venture between digital studio kpe and television production company Hat Trick Productions. For the Hat Trick deal, kpe instructed Wiggin & Co. However, before the deal was completed the company dropped […]

Canada’s Miller Thomson to merge with Swinton & Co

Toronto-based firm Miller Thomson is merging with a Vancouver practice to create one of Canada’s top 10 law firms. By swallowing 50-lawyer firm Swinton & Company, Miller Thomson will grow to nearly 300 lawyers, while gaining a vital presence on Canada’s west coast. Swinton & Company specialises in securities law, acting for Canada’s largest independent […]

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