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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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Warner Estates

Clifford Chance is in a prime position to pick up a string of deals from its relatively new client Warner Estate Holdings. The property company is shifting its focus from residential property to commercial and this £41m purchase from CGU and Commercial Union consolidates the move. It is also selling its £52m residential estate and […]

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Caradon is one of many deals that Eversheds has acted on for its client HSBC Private Equity. The investment house initially purchased Caradon’s plumbing business in November in a management buyout through newco Black Knight. The plumbing business is a composite of different businesses, including Mira shower units and its bathrooms division, which were consolidated […]

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After a spot of partner swapping to rival Dallas or Dynasty, consolidation for the UK’s housebuilding industry looks assured after Taylor Woodrow announced an agreed £535m bid for Bryant. And as The Lawyer goes to press, no doubt there are corporate lawyers thrashing out the next deal between Beazer – Bryant’s jilted bride – and […]

Powergen and E.on merger talks spark conflict chaos

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer elbowed out for Shearman & Sterling; Slaughters scoops UK side Powergen’s merger talks with utility companies E.on and RWE has thrown the German market into disarray as it tries to avoid conflicts. But it is UK practice Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer that has found itself at the centre of the storm. The UK […]

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