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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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Law firms may be needed to draft new laws

The Government’s lawyers are reportedly so snowed under with the weighty workload that Labour’s legislative programme is facing delay. The utilities bill, for example, – which reforms utility regulations – was due to be published before Christmas, but is now, apparently, on hold. There are also growing fears that the financial services and markets bill […]

Placement

Taylor Joynson Garrett advised Tornado Group on a £15m placing on AIM. Corporate partner Tim Oldridge led a team of five on the deal. Pinsent Curtis acted for Tornado’s nominated adviser Bell Lawrie Wise Speke.

Beating the mid-size crisis

Lawyers often talk about the success of the magic circle firms, but while they are pulling away from the rest of the market, another tier of firms is digging-in to sustain its position in the industry. This is the band of firms that can be described as mid-size – those that are not within the […]

Financing

Norton Rose advised Royal Bank Leasing on its funding for the £80m Eden project to build a global garden in Cornwall. Royal Bank Leasing is committed to providing £45m of lease funding for the millennium project while NatWest will provide a loan of £12m. David Coulter, banking partner at Norton Rose, led a team of […]

City firms advise on water deal

City firms Sinclair Roche & Temperley and CMS Cameron McKenna have completed the first stage of one of the world’s biggest water projects – advising the Municipality of Bucharest on a billion-dollar investment. The firms are advising the International Finance Consortium and the municipality on a project to supply water and sewerage services to 2.2 […]

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