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StandoutAxiom289109Axiom has struck a five-year, $73m deal with a leading investment bank to handle its derivatives agreements, including secondments of specialist lawyers and regulatory support teams. It improves how the bank handles risk through better control of large documents and information.
StandoutBerwin Leighton Paisner26899The integration of different approaches to delivering legal services reflects a growing trend. A low-cost centre in Manchester, contract lawyers through its LOD (Lawyers On Demand) business, a process improvement service and access to specialist third-parties combine to allow customised, transparent and value-for-money services.
StandoutLinklaters26899Efficient and integrated resourcing throughout the firm includes a team of project managers who are an essential part of pitches and now handle almost half of big projects. Specialist teams focus on streamlining processes for clients, making efficiency savings of up to 35 per cent.
StandoutEversheds25898Resourcing for global clients has evolved into an offering called Eversheds Connect. This co-ordinates the work of business professionals and lawyers across the firm to give clients access to better management information.
StandoutHalebury25898The firm, which provides in-house legal expertise, combines three business lines for small and medium-sized enterprises: resourcing, advisory and consulting. Pricing options include fixed fees, daily and weekly rates, and bulk hour purchases.
StandoutSimmons & Simmons25799The firm has created an offering on Navigator, its online service platform, to help financial institutions comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. It provides updates from more than 90 jurisdictions.
StandoutDWF24888The firm is embracing flexible working for its staff. Initiatives such as selling fully equipped portable offices to lawyers encourage homeworking along with advanced video conferencing, smart desks and flexible working spaces. More than 500 people work flexibly at the firm.
StandoutPinsent Masons24888Working with US opportunity fund Lone Star, the firm created a due diligence and document automation process for the auction of assets of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. The first three deals had a book value of more than €15bn.
StandoutTLT Solicitors24888TLT’s captive “shared services” centre provides administrative, legal and complementary business services for the firm and its clients. It is now expanding its target client base to other law firms and in-house client teams.
StandoutSerjeants' Inn Chambers23887A client service team facilitates a partnership between clients and the chambers, which helps its clients win work.
CommendedBaker McKenzie22688Set up a new multi-jurisdictional research unit for clients in Belfast.
CommendedCuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira22787Developed a pricing tool for partners to cost work better.
CommendedLatham & Watkins22787Took a step forward in alternative fee arrangements and budgeting.
CommendedRadiant Law22787Expanded its service centre in Cape Town.
CommendedVan Doorne22886Created a business line to leverage document automation for volume work.
CommendedAshurst21678Its legal analysts in Glasgow save clients up to 50 per cent.
CommendedCMS21777Set up new legal support units in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
CommendedNautaDutilh21777An approach to help save costs in the design phase of a zoning plan.
CommendedSchultze & Braun21777Set up a dual legal and financial team for insolvent companies.
CommendedHogan Lovells20677Set up a low-cost Birmingham centre for complex legal work.
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