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Capital markets update – November 2018

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman The first edition of Capital Markets Update rounds up the month’s developments within the equity capital markets. Click below to read more

Proposed changes to how MEES affects residential landlords

By Peter Williams Residential landlords will be required to spend up to £3,500 of their own money improving the energy efficiency of their properties. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for properties that are to be let came into force on 1 April 2018. The regulations apply to both commercial and residential properties but this […]

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We are finding that solicitors – and indeed others operating in the professional services sector – are facing a work-life balance crisis. In fact, according to our recent survey on workplace stress, 61% of the sector attributed lack of time as a key source of their work pressure. We believe technology can help solicitors use […]

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Legal firms are embracing digital legal software – reimagining their business, streamlining processes, integrating real-time systems, providing mobile access and automating routine tasks. As part of this, increasing numbers of lawyers are choosing to find out more about what is going on behind the technology that is transforming the way they work.

Steps by Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition to encourage birth rate

By Srdjana Petronijević and Zoran Šoljaga The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “Commission“) is taking steps to encourage the birth rate in Serbia, one of the country’s primary political objectives. Its contribution to achieve that objective is current antitrust investigation on the baby care product market, which could ultimately lead to a price […]

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In brief: Civil Justice Council looking likely

Practitioners and the Law Society scent victory in their push for a Civil Justice Council to implement Lord Woolf’s reforms to the justice system. It is believed Lord Mackay will announce he is prepared to go some way towards implementing such a body during the report stage of the Third Reading of the Civil Procedures […]

In brief: Northern group sticks with men-only club

Manchester Law Society council has voted to continue using a gentlemen’s club which does not admit women as members after a bitterly fought battle by women lawyers to boycott the conference and training venue. President John Potter, who personally wanted to discontinue using the St James’s Club, said those who supported the club argued that […]

German HQ opens

An office to service UK law societies and the German Federal Bar was opened last week by Mario Monti, the European commissioner responsible for the EC establishment directive. Occupied by the organisations since June, it is a “lawyers’ house” representing 150,000 UK and German lawyers – a third of Europe’s lawyers. The office will assist […]

Hammonds wins insolvency ace

Insolvency specialist Tim Pope has been recruited by Hammond Suddards from Dibb Lupton Broomhead, where he was a senior partner. Pope joins partner and national head of Hammonds’ insolvency department Stephen Gale in the London office, which now numbers six licensed insolvency practitioners. According to Pope, the department is still recruiting “but below partner level […]

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