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Discover 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 They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, 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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Milbank acts on Indonesian coal deal

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has represented Indonesian private coal company PT Ilthabi Bara Utama (IBU) on a $135m (£66.49m) privately arranged equity-linked note to finance the development of a coal mine in East Kalimantan. Partner David Zemans and senior associate Jacqueline Chan led the team that negotiated and structured the transaction. Merrill Lynch acted […]

OFT hits supermarkets and dairies with price-fixing claim

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today has accused the UK’s major supermarkets and dairies of price-fixing. The competition regulator set out its provisional findings of price-fixing of dairy products by Asda, Morrisons, Safeway, Sainsbury and Tesco. Dairies Arla, Dairy Crest, Lactalis McLelland, The Cheese Company and Wiseman were also named. The OFT’s provisional findings […]

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Speechly Bircham is to promote Mark Summers to its partnership within the private client team, effective from 1 November. Summers has been at Speechly since 2004. • Speechly Bircham is to promote Mark Summers to its partnership within the private client team, effective from 1 November. Summers has been at Speechly since 2004. • Brachers […]

Nomura names new general counsel

Nomura International has appointed Mark Chapman as its general counsel and executive committee member following the retirement of Terence Kyle in March. Chapman, who joined the bank as a solicitor in 2000, will lead a team of 48 lawyers and will report to president and CEO Yugo Ishida. Unlike his predecessor, Chapman will also be […]

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