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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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Cadwalader’s Griffin quits for Herbert Smith

The London office of US firm Cadwalader Wickersham &Taft is losing project finance partner Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith, leaving a question mark over the future of the firm’s nascent projects group. According to three sources close to Cadwalader, Griffin decided to leave after disagreements over the level of the firm’s investment in the projects […]

BA snubs Linklaters for Slaughters

British Airways’ has dropped Linklaters in favour of magic circle rival Slaughter and May for its planned merger with KLM Royal Dutch Airline. The airline giant usually turns to Linklaters for corporate advice. But recently, BA has increasingly sent its corporate and competition work to Slaughters, which previously undertook mainly leasing work for BA, headed […]

Financing

Slaughter and May acted for Blue Circle Industries on arranging loan facilities of approximately £1.6bn. The financing was used in part to fund a share buy back scheme in defence of Lafarge’s bid for the company. Slaughters commercial partners Richard Slater and Tom Kinnersley acted on the deal with support from commercial assistant Sarah Paterson.

Cahills shuts in Paris as it opens in City

Cahill Gordon & Reindel is transferring its Paris lawyers to local firm Lussan Brouillaud as the US giant finally opens its London office. Head of the Paris office Freddy Dressen, two lawyers and five support staff are moving to Lussan Brouillaud while US finance specialist Jim Robinson is relocating to the UK to be the […]

Perrin’s View

Given the brickbats aimed at the citadels of privilege during the past two weeks, it’s probably safe to assume that Oxbridge wishes it had never heard of Laura Spence. And, given that the furore has spawned more column centimetres than a certain sailor in Trafalgar Square, you can but take their point. Here we all […]

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