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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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Walker Morris promotes six to partnership

Leeds-based Walker Morris has appointed six new partners, bringing the total number to 52. The new partners are spread across practice areas, with property gaining two in the form of Rachel Cowper and Jacqueline Seddon. •Leeds-based Walker Morris has appointed six new partners, bringing the total number to 52. The new partners are spread across […]

Flotations provide rich pickings for firms prepared to do the legwork

There is little glamour about taking a company public, but it is financially rewarding. By Margaret Taylor With their headline-grabbing activity, not to mention eye-watering legal fees, take privates are firmly placed at the racier end of corporate activity. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the more pedestrian task of taking companies public, […]

Flint Bishop & Barnett equity rejig sees PEP breach £500K

Midlands firm Flint Bishop & Barnett has restructured its equity partnership, sending its average profit per equity partner (PEP) rocketing past the £500,000 mark in the process. The firm saw its turnover drop by £200,000 last year to £12.8m. However, each of the firm’s six equity partners took home a hefty £530,000, making them richer […]

Freshfields leads on latest German megadeal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer completed its second major German-based private equity deal in a week after advising Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Permira on their EURO3.3bn (£2.2bn) sale of broadcasting group SBS. Germany’s biggest broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, advised by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, agreed to buy all the shares in SBS. Permira and KKR jointly […]

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