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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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Sullivan & Cromwell boosts London practice with NY trio

Top US firm Sullivan & Cromwell is boosting its commitment to its London office by moving three partners from New York – including one of the most highly-rated M&A lawyers in the world. Global leader Neil Anderson has been named as head of the firm’s European M&A practice. He is moving to London with fellow […]

Cloisters loses director after one year in the job

Cloisters’ chambers director Vanessa Peters has resigned after only a year in the post. The set, rated as a leader in employment, civil liberties and PI/clinical negligence, recruited Peters last July following a management review and the acrimonious departure of former senior clerk Michael Martin. Peters, who is now taking a month off, says in […]

Burness hires client as new head of the corporate group

Edinburgh-based Burness has appointed a solicitor who has worked outside the legal market for the past four years as the head of its corporate department. Alan Stewart, former head of legal services at Clydesdale Bank, and more recently chairman of football pitch operator Pitz, joined Burness’ Glasgow office on 3 April. Stewart’s experience in corporate […]

Management Buyout

SJ Berwin advised F&C Ventures on its £6.3m investment on the management buyout of hardware reseller Equanet. Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance provided £4m worth of additional debt facilities. SJ Berwin private equity senior assistant Raymond McKeeve led a team of six on the deal. Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Equanet while Gouldens represented Lloyds TSB.

Share Trading

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented Goldman Sachs Equity Securities (UK) and Deustche Bank London on the £3.2bn block trade of shares of Vodafone AirTouch. Clearys corporate partners Sebastian Sperber and Edward Greene led a team of four on the deal. Dewey Ballantine acted for Vodafone AirTouch.

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