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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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Law Society presidential candidate Robert Sayer has launched a furious attack on his opponent in the election race, branding him “a complete pillock” who “falls asleep in council meetings”. The mud slinging began shortly after David Keating declared at the eleventh hour that he was also standing for president. Under Law Society rules, Sayer, as […]

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Corporate partners Janice Wall and Dick Russell (left) at Titmuss Sainer Dechert and property partner Simon McDonagh at Lovell White Durrant advised Chesterfield Properties on the corporate aspects of a class I property portfolio sale involving shareholders’ approval to GE Capital. The consideration was u93.5m. Quintain Estates and Development agreed to buy the property. Property […]

Medium-sized firms plan bonus schemes

Cameron McKenna is understood to be one of a number of medium-sized firms considering introducing a bonus payment scheme for associates to stem losses to US firms and investment banks. A number of firms are looking at introducing bonus schemes but the payment issue is so sensitive they are remaining tight-lipped. Some are operating bonus […]

College to offer low cost loans

London’s College of Law is launching a low-interest loan scheme for Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) and Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students in tandem with NatWest bank. The college, which trains half the profession’s annual intake of barristers and solicitors, is offering fixed loans at 6.25 per cent interest or variable loans at 0.75 per cent […]

Flotations & Financing

Norton Rose’s collective investment scheme partners, Tim Marsden and Andrew Mitchell, and Warburg Dillon Read advised the £950m Mercury European Privatisation Trust (MEPT) on defending its position from short-term investor groups and others. The requisitionists were advised by investment funds partner Nigel Farr of Herbert Smith.

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