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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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Ashursts restructures P&H for MBO

Ashurst Morris Crisp has advised Palmer Harvey McLane (P&H) on various restructuring proposals, which culminated in a management buyout (MBO) offer with Ashursts acting for the management.P&H is the UK’s largest delivery wholesaler, with a turnover in excess of £3bn. The company started out in tobacco wholesaling, but has diversified across food and alcohol, supplying […]

M&A today

After a year of economic turmoil, who managed to hold their own and who suffered the most? Caroline Davies reports on how the top firms performed in 2001’s M&A tables Most investment bankers are desperately trying to erase 2001 from their memories. Unfortunately for them, it is league table time. Bankers cannot help but eye […]

Muggle magic

A quart of Bertie Botts every flavour beans go to muggle solicitors Cobbetts this week, for a rather magical deal.Less than a week after joining the Manchester firm as a corporate partner, Richard ‘Dumbledore’ Hepworth has wizarded his way to selling Moss & Co for an undisclosed sum to the family of Ashok Patel.Moss & […]

Dorsey and Kyo Sogo secure joint venture

Japanese liberalisation sees increased integration with US and UK law firms US firm Dorsey & Whitney has become the latest to secure a Japanese joint venture. The recently finalised agreement with Japanese firm Kyo Sogo Law Offices will provide Dorsey with a Japanese law capacity.Dorsey opened a Japanese office in 1999, but the joint venture […]

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