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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Bermuda law advice to Vitol Finance Ltd (Vitol) on the offering of its 3.23 per cent Series L senior unsecured notes due 27 June 2018 in the aggregate principal amount of $235m (£150m). Elliot Hubbard, lawyer in Conyers’ Bermuda office, advised Vitol on the Bermuda law aspects of the transaction. K&L Gates […]

Allen & Overy advises FMO as part of banking consortium on $90m loan facility to Singyes

Allen & Overy has advised Dutch development bank Nederlanse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), as part of a consortium comprising Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Korean banks, on a $90m loan facility (subject to the exercise of a greenshoe option) to China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings. This is the first syndicated loan Singyes has raised since its […]

The Global Market: Abu Dhabi’s new financial-free zone

Following the recent issuance of Abu Dhabi Law No. (4) of 2013 concerning the Abu Dhabi Global Market, the Federal- and Emirate-level legislative framework is now complete to permit the launch of Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Allen & Overy has acted as the sole legal counsel, advising on […]

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Shoosmiths has made 18 associate promotions for 2013 in departments including commercial, corporate, private client, real estate and recoveries services. The promotions took effect on 1 September. Commercial promotions include Sarah Andrews (litigation), Jessica Lee (intellectual property), Jennifer Featherstone and Richard Barker (both employment). Corporate promotions include Lisa Sigalet, Suzanne Love (banking) and Gareth Davies. […]

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