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Brand management

Building a law firm brand is a complex business. It involves everything from culture, client service, operational efficiency, ethical values – and then communicating that whole package to the outside world. As our recent analysis shows, tailoring that message to Generation Y, firms’ future trainees, presents even more challenges. Recruiting Generation Y Skadden retains top […]

Latest cases: what you need to know

Keep up to speed with the latest cases by checking out The Lawyer’s Briefings section online. It’s an unparalleled resource; below is just a selection of recent papers by law firms putting the latest decisions into context. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Union recognition — what choices do I have? Part two Ince & Co: […]

Big data, big problems

The rise of big data has created some logistical headaches for lawyers, who are often unversed in the intricacies of computer forensics. A recent survey by The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton underlined this knowledge gap. Get up to speed on the issue by clicking on the links below. Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the […]

A feast of data

The Lawyer UK 200 is now out. It’s the most comprehensive and influential report on the financial health of the UK legal market. Take a peek at some of our round-ups below. Follow the links to buy the full research, and don’t miss out. The UK Market Register: US firms storm the mid-market UK 200 […]

London

Land Securities general counsel Adrian de Souza resigns

Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company. De Souza moved to Land Securities from SABMiller in October 2010 (19 October 2010), replacing company secretary Peter Dudgeon who stepped down after more than a decade in the role. De Souza was […]

Khaitan & Co advises Axis Bank in relation to term loan facility

Khaitan & Co has advised Axis Bank in relation to a term loan facility of approximately $45m (£28m) extended to Legitimate Assets Operators. This was for the purchase and lease-back of retail store equipment to Future Retail, secured by lease-rental receivables. Associate partner Kumar Saurabh Singh led the transaction.

King & Wood Mallesons bids bye bye to Berwin

The first day of November will be one of celebration for King & Wood Mallesons, which will no doubt be cracking out the bubbly to celebrate one whole year since its gargantuan mega-merger. But, as today’s story reveals, in the UK, Europe and the Middle East the occasion also marks the end of an era […]

Bakers, KWM SJB in management shakeups

Baker & McKenzie has re-elected Eduardo Leite as chairman this week, extending his four-year term to 2016. The announcement comes at the same time as Bakers’ global partners’ meeting, which will see over 800 partners gather in London to chew the fat and debate the future strategy of the world’s biggest law firm. Leite’s re-appointment […]

Burgeoning Belfast

Belfast has become a magnet for international firms wanting to site their low-cost operations; think Herbert Smith, Allen & Overy and Baker &McKenzie. But it’s also become popular with firms wanting to expand their legal offerings. Pinsent Masons, Kennedys and most recently BLM have all merged with local firms. BLM merges with eight-partner Belfast firm […]

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority seeks new legal chief as Higgins becomes director

Having appointed former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins to director in charge of all business services , the hunt for a new legal chief is underway. Higgins has stepped into one of three new executive positions that opened up following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year.  Higgins, who joined […]

Goodman Derrick advises on sale of The Planning Shop to Omnicom Group

Goodman Derrick has advised the majority shareholder on the sale of The Planning Shop International (TPSi) to a division of Omnicom Group. TPSi is a global specialist healthcare brand strategy agency that provides consumer-based insight into every step of the product life cycle. TPSi offers specialist research tools providing tailored, innovative marketing solutions in qualitative and quantitative research for […]

LSE move underlines strength and growth of African continent, says Eversheds

Boris Martor, partner and Africa expert at Eversheds, has commented on the news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is attempting to increase the number of listings of African companies in the UK. Martor said: ‘This attempt shows the strength and the growth of the African continent on the international scene and also the desire to investigate African […]

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