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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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Nabarro Nathanson completed a great month for its corporate group as, along with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith, it bagged a role on media company Pearson’s £101m purchase of data provider Mergermarket. Nabarros partner Iain Newman advised investors NewMedia SPARK. Meanwhile, MBR&M partners Paul Maher and Michael Wallin […]

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Earnings for the top equity partners at Richards Butler’s Hong Kong base are believed to have dipped from £3m to £1.25m over the past three years. The office operates as a separate partnership for tax reasons and has 28 partners, with office senior partner Chris Howse and corporate heavyweights David Morrison and David Norman among […]

Porsche turns to Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has won Porsche Cars GB as a client, advising the company on all its European events. The instruction is the first major appointment for the firm’s new travel unit, established to advise on travel and tourism law. Part of the firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence group, the unit is seeking to […]

Sullivan unseats Simpson Thacher at top of US M&A deals table

Sullivan & Cromwell has knocked Simpson Thacher & Bartlett off the top spot for M&A transactions in the US, racking up a total deal value of $317.95bn (£167.8bn) for the first half of 2006. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz follow closely with deals worth $302.12bn (£159.45bn) and $251.04bn […]

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