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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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Corporate lawyers from Gateley act on Cordant/Sugarman acquisition deal

Gateley has acted on a deal that saw Cordant Group acquire Sugarman Group. The Manchester team was led by corporate partner Charles Glaskie. Glaskie was assisted by corporate associate Richard Almond, corporate solicitor Leigh Whittaker and banking associate James Benson. The acquisition of Sugarman Group, a specialist in medical, education and social work recruitment, will […]

Gateley advises UK cruise retailer on management buy-out of Reader Offers

A cross-discipline team from Gateley has advised on the recent management buyout (MBO) of Reader Offers, an independent cruise specialist for all the major cruise lines, from its privately held owner. The MBO forms part of Reader Offers’ ongoing succession plan and sees founder Peter Beadles exit the business after 19 years. Founded in Colchester in 1995, […]

Deferred prosecution agreements — definitive guidelines and code of conduct

Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), the government’s newest weapon in the fight against corporate crime, become available to prosecutors from 24 February 2014. They will widen the scope for enforcement against companies and corporate entities involved in fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. On 14 February 2014, the director of the Serious Fraud Office and the […]

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