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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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Terry returns to client work at Freshfields

Ian Terry is stepping down as managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer after over five years. Terry will return to the firm’s litigation department in the autumn.“I have spent five and a half years out of line and I think it is right for me to get back to client work,” he said.It is not […]

A view from the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man, together with the Channel Islands, is in the vanguard of developing legislation to regulate fiduciary business. However, unlike Jersey and Guernsey, which have progressed legislation in relation to “fiduciary business” (corporate and trust service providers) as a single package, the Isle of Man has chosen to concentrate its initial efforts on […]

Addleshaws wraps up Paul Sykes' bid for Victoria Quarter

Copley’s lock on property company confirmed with £46m acquisition In only 13 days, Addleshaw Booth & Co has completed the Paul Sykes Group’s £46.25m acquisition of the Victoria Quarter shopping centre in Leeds.Paul Sykes Group bought the Victoria Quarter, an upmarket retail outlet that houses around 80 shops, from insurance company Prudential. Addleshaws used 20 […]

UK securitisation under threat

Government insolvency proposals could wreak havoc on deal structuring The Government has announced proposals to make changes to the Insolvency Act (1986) which could potentially threaten the UK domestic securitisation practice.At the launch of the Government’s Enterprise For All initiative, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced plans to abolish administrative receivership and Crown preference – the right […]

Garrigues focuses on state law with double takeover

Andersen Legal firm Garrigues & Andersen has taken over two public law firms in an attempt to boost its state law capability. Niche planning firm Perales will soon join Garrigues’ Madrid office to strengthen Garrigues’ existing zoning and city planning team. The deal, completed last week, adds managing partner Francisco Perales, senior partner Julio Luquero […]

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