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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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CMS Cameron McKenna represented Antisoma on its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The EASDAQ-quoted company is also listed on techMARK, the LSE market for IT companies. Nomura International sponsored the official listing. Michael Draper, corporate partner at Camerons, advised on the listing with support from corporate assistant Ed West.

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Linklaters & Alliance acted as UK and Dutch adviser to Dresdner Bank AG on a loan facility to Energis UK. The firm also represented Kleinwort Benson Securities in a US capacity on the equity placing of £312m-worth of Energis’ ordinary new shares to fund the purchase of Dutch-based company Enertel. Tom Wells

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