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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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In brief: Beachcroft Stanleys

Beachcroft Stanleys has concluded a deal for Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust to modernise the existing County Hospital as part of the first wave of private finance initiatives. Mercia Healthcare will manage the site and support facilities for 30 years at a total cost of £470m.

Financings

McDermott Will & Emery is advising Peel Holdings in connection with the proposed cancellation and repayment of Preference Shares. Holders of the shares will receive 120p per share from Peel’s current cash resources. Head of the corporate department at McDermotts London office

Croydon Council hands largest legal contract to Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has won Croydon Borough Council’s largest legal service contract following the local authority’s review of its legal firms.The review follows the end of Croydon’s five-year contract with local firm Stonehams. The council will decide whether to keep its panel of additional firms – Bevan Ashford, Blake Lapthorn and Speechly Bircham – over […]

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Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

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