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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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Sydney & London Properties buys Dorland House, the headquarters of Cordiant Communications, London, for £22m in its largest single acquisition to date. Sydney & London advised by Olswang (Philip Olmer). The vendor Escort Property Investment was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (David Cox).

The Firm

To ensure fairness, our “100 lawyers to watch” is based on extensive research into every lawyer in the City. For example, here are the notes on three lawyers from medium-sized City practice The Firm. Provisional draft (4 December 2000) Tom Henderson: Managing partner and main rainmaker of leading City practice The Firm, Henderson is a […]

Pillsbury in coast-to-coast US merger

San Francisco firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro has completed its merger with New York’s Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts and pushed its own partners to head the new management team. Pillsbury’s chair Mary Cranston heads the new firm and its managing partner Marina Park takes up the same role in the merged practice, Pillsbury Winthrop. […]

Simmons takes over Düsseldorf boutique for entry into Germany

City firm Simmons & Simmons is merging with a single-partner firm in Düsseldorf, giving it a German law capability for the first time. The merger with M&A boutique Kaiser, effective from 2 January, will create a new German operation called Simmons & Simmons Kaiser. Simmons & Simmons financial markets partner Mark Norris will join name […]

GALA GROUP

The second deal of its kind for this group of bridge lenders and Gala Group Holdings. The advisers mirror those working on Gala’s acquisition by Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity last spring, where a bridge loan was used for the £100m purchase followed by a high-yield debt issue, which closed in May. Gala says […]

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