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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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Herbert Smith raids DWS for finance duo

Herbert Smith has swooped on Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) acquisition finance team and hired two of the firm’s remaining three leveraged specialists. Chris Fanner and Ian Yeo resigned from DWS last week, leaving new partner Catherine Astruc in charge of the group. Their departure dates are understood to be subject to negotiation. The move has underlined Herbert […]

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Corporate partner Eugene McCague has been voted in as the new chair of Dublin giant Arthur Cox after current chair and head of corporate, James O’Dwyer, announced his intention to step down from both roles in April 2006. Last weekend, days after O’Dwyer’s announcement, Arthur Cox held a selection process to find its new chair. […]

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Ashurst had reason to celebrate after the Competition Commission cleared the way for National Express Group (NEG) to bid for the Thameslink/Great Northern (TGN) rail franchise.

Herbies, Stibbe take on Tele Atlas global offer

Herbert Smith and alliance partner Stibbe have scooped an instruction to advise Tele Atlas on its global offer and listing on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The €537m (£367.7m) offering is the second-largest equity offering by a European technology company since 2000. The firms won the work thanks to their role on the €540m (£369.8m) TomTom IPO […]

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