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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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Floating over the Atlantic

On the 14 June 1995 official dealings commenced on the London Stock Exchange and the US Nasdaq National Market in the shares of Nynex Cable Comms, one of the UK’s largest cable telecommunications and television companies. The offering raised about £383 million net of expenses. The flotation involved three London law firms and two US […]

A cautionary tale

The results of The Lawyer survey on attitudes to the change in the law affecting a suspect’s “right to silence” make alarming reading. The raison d’etre of the law, that less “guilty” people would escape justice, seems at odds with the findings which reveal that six in ten solicitors believe that there is no change. […]

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Davies Wallis Foyster acted for Admiral Leasing in a £7.5 million refinancing. Addleshaw Sons & Latham acted for a syndicate led by Bank of Scotland. Herbert Smith advised Kleinwort Benson.

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Gouldens advised Artesian Estates on the acquisition of ground rent companies owned by, among others, John Ritblat, MD of the British Land Company. The ground rent companies own over 23,000 residential properties. The initial consideration of £2,061,000 was satisfied by the issue of 2,397,000 new ordinary shares.

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