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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 […]

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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 partner is European champ

An Ashurst Morris Crisp partner has scored the highest number of European corporate deals during 2000, beating his counterparts at Slaughter and May and Linklaters & Alliance. Corporate partner Adrian Clark notched up 17 deals during the period 1 January to 31 December 2000, with a total value of £6.4bn. Slaughters head of corporate Nigel […]

MoFo lands £1.4bn deal for Thomson Multimedia

Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) London office is in the throes of its first major transaction for Thomson Multimedia on its $2.1bn (£1.4bn) acquisition of Technicolor. Thomson Multimedia is a long-term client of west coast technology specialist MoFo, and is particularly close to San Francisco-based partner Robert Townsend, who is also chair of MoFo’s global business […]

Blow away

It was a huge accolade, but for Herbert Smith partner Stephen Gale there was a sting in the tail. When he was nominated to be the president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI), it must have seemed as if he had reached a pinnacle. The SPI, the professional association of insolvency specialists comprising […]

EURO CORPORATE DEALS by volume

No. Individual Bidder/target advisers Value of deals (£bn) No of deals 1. Adrian Clark Ashurst Morris Crisp 6.4 17 2. Simon Tinkler Clifford Chance 3.1 16 3. Nigel Boardman Slaughter and May 4.2 15 4. William Lawes Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 17 14 5. David Cheyne Linklaters & Alliance 53.6 13 6. Jeff Twentyman Slaughter and […]

Brief encounter: Mallesons

Mallesons Stephen Jaques appears to be something of an Anglophile. UK merger talks have been high on its agenda in recent years. When the on-off talks with Clifford Chance finally collapsed last year, it was understood to have jumped straight back into UK negotiations, this time with Linklaters & Alliance. Mallesons is one of only […]

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