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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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CC proves its value to Rotch

Clifford Chance has won a much coveted place on the new panel of property giant the Rotch Group, after satisfying concerns that it would not be cost effective. The firm joins Ashurst Morris Crisp and Slaughter and May as a ‘level one’ adviser on the new panel set up by group counsel Meena Heath.Clifford Chance […]

Uría champs at bit as it plays EU-Portuguese waiting game

The transposition of the European Union (EU) Rights of Establishment Directive into Portuguese law is delaying the opening of a number of offices, including a Uría & Menéndez office. On 20 July, the directive allowing EU firms to open in any EU country was transposed into Portuguese national law.Spanish firm Uría hopes to be able […]

Law Soc clamps down on whimsical use of doctors

The Law Society has joined forces with the Association of British Insurers and the British Medical Association to remedy accusations by doctors that some solicitors are taking up too much of their time. They are set to publish joint guidelines defining the circumstances in which lawyers can refer claimants in personal injury (PI) cases to […]

Lovells takes on £350m bond offering for brewer.

Lovells has scooped one of its biggest capital markets transactions of the year for longstanding corporate client South African Breweries (SAB).The firm has acted for the company since its £3.4bn listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in March 1999, and has now advised it on the launch of a $500m (£352m) convertible bond offering.The […]

Pillar Property

Gouldens completed this deal for long-term client Pillar Property, which purchased the 55-acre retail site from Castlemore Securities. Castlemore Securities recently bought the land, a former gasworks site, from BG Property Holdings, which is owned by British Gas. Although Castlemore originally planned to purchase and develop the retail park, the company has transferred the ownership […]

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