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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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NY Bar introduces MDP regulations

New York beats rest of the US to meet ABA recommendations; MDPs get go-ahead but must adhere to strict guidelines The New York State Bar Association has broken new ground and become the first in the country to regulate multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The move puts it ahead of not only the rest of the US, but […]

JP Morgan capital markets panel overhaul snubs Slaughters and Herbert Smith

JP Morgan has carried out a massive overhaul of its advisers to set up its first UK-specialised capital markets panel, with a number of top City firms failing to make the grade. In a shock move, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Ashurst Morris Crisp have both been sidelined following a 10-firm beauty parade.Other firms, including […]

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Along with other offshore jurisdictions Jersey has come under OECD scrutiny. Phil Austin reports on the island's enhancement of its regulatory position in a drive for quality business.

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 […]

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