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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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Nedcor / fleming offshore banking

Nedcor is a historic client for the banking group at Theodore Goddard, where partner Dave Wilson manages the relationship. But this is one of few corporate deals for the client in the UK, and one of the first for corporate partner Martin Chester. Fleming Offshore operates from the Isle of Man and Jersey, and will […]

NGJ rolls out PFI group with Row & Maw hire

Nicholson Graham & Jones is expanding its presence in targeting the growing PFI and public-private partnership (PPP) market with the hire of a projects partner from Rowe & Maw. Christopher Causer takes up the new role as head of Nicholson Graham’s PFI team within its construction and engineering department. Head of department David Race says […]

Dentons secures its place on National Mutual advisory list

The Milton Keynes office of Denton Wilde Sapte has won the firm an appointment to a new “soft” property panel for the National Mutual Life Assurance Society. The panel of 25 firms will be presented by National Mutual to advisers and clients contemplating placing property assets in a self-invested personal pension (Sipp) arrangement. Namulas Pension […]

News in brief

Slaughter and May and Ashurst Morris Crisp have been appointed by Rotch Property Group as its “Level 1” advisers after completing the first phase of its panel review. The firms will advise on securitisation, capital markets, telecoms and IT work, while corporate and property “Level 2” work was awarded to Macfarlanes and Osborne Clarke. Memery […]

Smiths group

This was a complicated deal for Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) long-term client Smiths Group which follows its £4.5bn merger last year with TI Group. At the time of that deal Smiths did not want the Automotive Systems Division of TI Group to be part of the merger, and TI Group was already trying to sell […]

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