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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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Lester Aldridge launches in Southampton

South coast firm Lester Aldridge has fulfilled its long-term expansion ambitions with the opening of a new office in Southampton. The Southampton office houses the firm’s new marine division, called LA Marine, as well as corporate recovery and planning teams. It will eventually provide a full commercial law service. Sixteen fee-earners have relocated from the […]

David and Goliath pairings act in Nomura's takeover of Bass

Hull-based Gosschalks acted alongside Clifford Chance on Nomura’s audacious £625m acquisition of a cluster of Bass pubs. Nomura’s principal finance group has purchased 988 Bass pubs after a hard-fought battle with Legal & General Ventures, making it the UK’s largest landlord. The number of properties involved is dwarfed by Nomura’s portfolio, now standing at 5,581 […]

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Lovells in talks with Spanish firm

Lovells is in merger talks with Spanish-based Castro Sueiro & Varela Abogados and discussions with the firm are reaching a critical stage. A source close to Lovells says the talks with the Spanish banking and derivatives practice are now at a “sensitive stage”. It is understood that Lovells had met with another Spanish firm, Despacho […]

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