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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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The latest in an occasional series entitled ‘What were they thinking of?’ is this little offering from a newly merged Stockport firm.As you are probably fully aware – Tulkinghorn expects that all his readers are au fait with the Stockport legal scene – Sinclair Abson Smith has merged with Walls Johnston to become an 11-partner […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna (Michael Draper) is advising UK-based biopharmaceutical company Antisoma on a £24m rights issue on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Europe. The underwriters SG Cowen and ING Barings are being represented by Brobeck Hale and Dorr. Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Gareth Edwards) advised PizzaExpress on its £2m acquisition of niche London pizza chain […]

Browne Jacobson hire pulls in Legal Risk Management as client

The expanding construction team at Browne Jacobson has received instructions from major construction insurer Legal Risk Management for the first time The client win follows the firm’s capture of construction partner Russell Deards from Midlands rival Nelsons. Deards, who was formerly a partner and head of construction at Nelsons, joined Browne Jacobson a month ago. […]

Dewey Ballantine supports JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley through Kuwaiti bond issue

Dewey Ballantine has advised joint bookrunners and lead managers JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley on the National Bank of Kuwait’s (NBK) first-ever bond issue.The $450m (£316.29m) floating rate Eurobond is the first issuance on the international debt market out of Kuwait.NBK instructed long-term adviser Clifford Chance. Lead partner Susan Mitcham said that the deal was […]

Priceless PR

Sometimes the efficiency of in-house PR departments is impressive. On other occasions PR-types fall foul of the too many cooks adage.While one hapless reporter was undertaking the thankless task of answering a colleague’s telephone, she was beset by a series of mind-numbingly inane calls from Norton Rose. The colleague had actually called Norton Rose’s Barbara […]

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