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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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Paisner & Co advised healthcare company Medisys on its placing and open offer of new ordinary shares to raise £45m for product development. Nomura International acted as Medisys’ nominated adviser. David Collins, corporate finance partner at Paisners, led a team of two on the deal while Weil Gotshal & Manges represented Nomura.

… as it seals deal to open Scottish office

Dibb Lupton Alsop has announced its first Scottish office after sealing a deal to acquire Glasgow-based Bird Semple. The Lawyer reported in November last year that the two firms were in talks, but the fine tuning of the merger took several months. The last hurdle was how to break off Bird Semple’s private client practice, […]

Woman Lawyer Forum drops Bahl as she quits Law Society

Kamlesh Bahl has stood down as chair of a panel discussion at the Woman Lawyer Forum on 1 April. But a source who is speaking at the event tells The Lawyer that Bahl’s invitation was withdrawn when she was suspended from the Law Society. Bahl, who last week resigned as vice-president of the Law Society, […]

Penningtons faces post- merger fight with partner

Walker Martineau is being swallowed up by City firm Penningtons – and faces a legal dispute with a partner cast off from the merged firm. Clinical negligence partner Phyllis Bennett claims she was told on Friday (24 March) that the merger was going ahead and there would not be a place for her in the […]

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