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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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Collyer Bristow hires IP specialist Tim Bamford from Withers

Collyer Bristow has announced that it has recruited intellectual property (IP) specialist Tim Bamford from Withers, where he had been a partner since 2005.  Bamford is the latest in a series of four partner-level hires to join the firm in the last three months. His new role commenced on 2 January 2014. He is an established IP litigator with […]

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — January 2014

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence is the global monthly publication from DLA Piper’s sports, media and entertainment group. Contents Betting and gaming Japan looking at casino promotion legislation US: Garden State gambling goes online Broadcasting Italian DTT broadcasting — new decision on LCN allocation Consumer and data protection German Federal High Court underlines the legality […]

Melanie Chell of Shoosmiths features in Motor Finance Power 50 list

Melanie Chell, head of Shoosmiths’ asset finance team, has been included in this year’s Motor Finance Power 50, which lists the 50 most influential and powerful people in UK car finance.  Ranked at 25, she is included in a list that features chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and governor of the Bank of England […]

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Cleary and Sidley Austin advise Japan’s Suntory on $16bn US whiskey maker deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sidley Austin have taken the lead roles in Japanese drinks maker Suntory’s $16bn (£9.7bn) acquisition of US spirits group Beam, the maker of Jim Beam. Cleary is advising Osaka-based Suntory in this acquisition, which is the company’s biggest ever overseas transaction. The firm’s team is led by New York […]

Conyers advises Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on privatisation of Simcere

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on the $495m (£300m) privatisation of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by way of merger. Simcere is a pharmaceutical company specialising in the development, manufacture and marketing of branded and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China. Conyers co-chair […]

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