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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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Hammonds lays down gauntlet to ex-partners

After several months of threats, Hammonds finally filed its claim against a bunch of former partners who have failed to repay a share of the firm’s profit previously distributed to them. See story. Hammonds has been rattling its sabre for some time, but the former partners will not back down. They’re ready to fight their […]

Seeing the lite

Banks might be reluctant to get involved with covenant-lite deals, but strong demand from private equity funds is set to change this. By Chris Howard and Christopher Davis There have now been several covenant-lite senior financing deals in the European market. The first of these, World Directories, has been oversubscribed in syndication, confirming that while […]

Stephenson Harwood PEP hits record levels

Stephenson Harwood PEP hits record levels” />Stephenson Harwood has reported record figures for the second year running with a 30 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP). Last year PEP increased by 45 per cent up to £407,000 from £208,000 the year before. This year PEP has seen significant growth again, reaching […]

A&O, CC advise on first Kuwaiti sukuk

Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have both landed roles on the first Kuwaiti convertible sukuk. Clifford Chance advised lead arranger Barclays Bank while A&O was instructed by the issuer International Investment Group (IIG) on the $200m (£101.61m) first sharia-compliant convertible bond in Kuwait. Clifford Chance partner Simon Sinclair, who led on the deal, […]

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Gomez-Acebo divorces Portuguese ally

Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has split from its Portuguese ally Vieira de Almeida & Associados, following a review of its international strategy. The Spanish firm could decide to launch its own office in Portugal after the split. Gomez-Acebo’s new international strategy has already seen the firm announce the opening of a London office in September. Vieira […]

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