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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 […]

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Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

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Shearman partner wins director role on JCRA

Shearman & Sterling antitrust partner Chris Bright has taken on a role of non-executive director of Jersey’s new Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA). Bright took up the two-day-a-month post, which involves a single monthly board meeting, in September. The small island, with a population of 80,000 people, is poised to demonopolise its telecommunications and postal […]

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LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome The move to limited liability partnership (LLP) status for UK law firms is gathering pace. The pressure for change is being driven not just by a desire to move away from unlimited personal […]

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Pictons has been chosen to host the 2004 European LawPact Conference. Attending firms are due to come from as far afield as New York, California, Chicago, Mexico, Cyprus, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Pictons’ IP team will launch the event. Head of IP Sarah Staines will lead the first conference session, entitled ‘Trade Mark […]

De Pardieu signs up new public law head from rival

Paris firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is expanding its public law practice with the hire of Vatier & Associé’s public law head. Joining as head of De Pardieu’s public law and public-private partnerships department, Yves-René Guillou becomes the firm’s seventh lawyer in this area. De Pardieu now has 14 partners. Guillou’s clients includes the likes […]

Withholding a grudge

Slaughter and May has worked some magic with Goldman Sachs. It is not every law firm that can act against a powerful US investment bank on über-hostile bids such as Six Continents and Marks & Spencer (M&S) and yet still get lucrative referrals from the same source. On the M&S bid, the retailer’s chief executive […]

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