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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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Clydes beefs up Abu Dhabi with DWS hire

Clyde & Co has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) former Muscat managing partner Andrew Watson as a partner in its Abu Dhabi office. Watson’s appointment brings Clydes’ offering in the Middle East to 15 partners. The corporate and finance partner was based in the Sultanate of Oman as DWS’ Muscat managing partner until 2006. […]

Prize fighter

Awards are a tricky business. Every City lawyer professes not to care whether or not they receive one and yet there is much pouting if there isn’t a trophy to decorate firms’ lobbies and mantelpieces. Ashurst private equity maestro Charlie Geffen took emoting to another level at a recent industry awards bash at which his […]

Beating about the bush

Tulkinghorn’s scribe has promised not to reveal the identity of the partner who embarked on a secret mission to poach a young associate and ended up stuck in a bush, but the tale is still worth telling. The pair were courting in Balls Brothers, just by the old Allen & Overy building, when the partner […]

Norton Rose bags role on KKR’s first private equity deal in Turkey

Norton Rose‘s strategy of targeting Turkey-based deals has paid off, with the firm landing a lead role on Turkey’s biggest private equity transaction to date. The top 15 firm advised the shareholders of Turkish shipping company UN Ro-Ro in their sale of a 97.6 per cent stake to US private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts […]

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