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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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Linklaters appoints first Managing Partner for Asia

Andrew Roberts, a Linklaters partner with years of experience working in Asia, will oversee the management of Linklaters’ five offices in the area – Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangai, Singapore and Tokyo. Roberts, who will be based in Singapore, will co-ordinate regional marketing and resourcing initiatives to promote Linklaters’ corporate and finance practices in the region. […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse acted for the Deutsche UK Retail Property Fund on its acquisition of Greenwich Industrial Estate from Phillips Pension Fund. Paul Houston, property partner at Field Fisher, headed a three-strong team on the deal, including head of institutional property John Pedder. Bird & Bird advised Phillips Pension Fund.

Quote of the week

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps…” – Denton Wilde Sapte making use of Winston Churchill’s words to proclaim its merger that took effect this week.

Slaughters acts in Blue Circle battle

Slaughter and May is being thrown into the fray to defend Blue Circle against a hostile takeover bid from French firm Lafarge. Blue Circle is fighting off a £3.4bn debt and equity bid from the buildings materials business, which the UK cement maker has condemned as “unsolicited and unwelcome”. William Underhill, corporate partner at Slaughters, […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

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