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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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The BSE inquiry had more than its fair of share of desperately sad moments in its 700 hours of hearings. But perhaps none quite so tragic as the testimony of the father of Clare Tomkins, who was then dying from the human form of mad cow disease (CJD), in describing the 18 months of hell […]

Legal widow

Wednesday morning was spent down at the doctors, for our youngest child had thoughtfully inserted a paper clip up her nose. When asked why she had done it, she answered: “To see how far it would go.” A reply which, I fear, dooms us to a lifetime of waiting for the police to knock at […]

Fancy a banana?

Has anyone heard the one about the Pollock banana? Tulkinghorn understands that the ubiquitous Gordon Pollock QC, head of Essex Court Chambers, has been using a monkey theme in court. Tulkinghorn has it on good authority that during a summing-up in court Pollock persistently referred to his opposition counsel, Steven Gee QC (once of Essex […]

Weil Gotshal completes first ports securitisation

The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised Nikko Principal Investments in connection with the first ever securitisation of European port revenues. The securitisation raised £305m, which was used to refinance Nikko’s acquisition of the ports of Tees and Hartlepool in the North East. The firm won the work in a pitch against […]

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Chadbourne & Parke‘s New York office is relocating a corporate finance partner to London. Claude Serfilippi specialises in capital markets transactions including high-yield debt offerings. In New York, his practice has focused on advising domestic and foreign corporations and financial institutions in corporate and securities matters. His move is part of Chadbourne’s continuing expansion of […]

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