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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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CWS, formerly known as the Co-operative Wholesale Society – the subject of entrepreneur Andrew Regan’s failed hostile takeover last year – has appointed Nick Eyre as its company secretary. Eyre is currently general counsel at Bristol & West.

Financing

Alan Karter led the Simmons & Simmons team acting for Huntingdon Life Sciences Group on its £22m share issue. Slaughter and May acted for stockbrokers Kleinwort Benson Securities and for Huntingdon’s financial adviser Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Charles Russell acted for the investors and Wilde Sapte for National Westminster

Ashursts star in hostile double

Chris Ashworth (pictured right) is leading two Ashurst Morris Crisp teams advising on different hostile takeovers, together worth over £600m. Corporate partner Ashworth is acting for lighting company TLG, the target of a £353m unsolicited takeover offer from manufacturing group Wassall. Ashworth’s team also includes fellow corporate partner David Kershaw, employment partner Caroline Carter and […]

In brief: Ombudsman Barnes appointed to LAB

Former Legal Services ombudsman Sir Michael Barnes has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Legal Aid Board for a period of three years with effect from 1 October. He will also serve as chair of the regional services committees of the East Midland and West Midland regions, based at the Nottingham and Birmingham […]

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