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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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Irwin Mitchell launches in-house fund

National firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a fund management unit that it says will become the largest in the country. With the new unit the firm will rival London firm Lawrence Graham as the biggest practice in the country to manage clients’ finances in-house. There are 55 firms in England and Scotland with similar units. […]

Projects

Berwin Leighton represented four investors on a £200m alliance with BAA’s property arm, BAA Lynton, known as the Airport Hotels Partnership. Berwin Leighton’s clients include Scottish Widows, the Coal Schemes, the Shell Pension Fund and an overseas investor. Corporate finance partner Frances McLeman acted with a team of four on the deal. Field Fisher Waterhouse […]

Quote of the week

“What’s the point of a couple more hundred grand when you really never have a life?” – A City lawyer claims money isn’t everything, especially when it’s only small change. Francis Laird: Correction In last week’s “Scuffle of the week” it was inferred that Francis Laird had resorted to violence when subjected to a physical […]

Placements

Baker & McKenzie advised Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy on its $82m (£51.9m) international and domestic share and global depository receipt offering and listing on the London and Warsaw stock exchanges. Credit Suisse First Boston acted as lead manager on the deal. Baker & McKenzie securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of two in the London […]

Property

Coudert Brothers represented MCI WorldCom on a lease for the entire Reading International Business Park, where the company will establish its European headquarters. The site is being constructed by Akeler International. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs acted with a team of two on the deal while Akeler was advised by Berwin Leighton.

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