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The in-house interview: Nicola Shand, SGN

6-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

At the age of just 31, gas supplier SGN’s general counsel Nicola Shand has already grown a six-strong legal team and landed herself a place on the company’s executive board.


In-house interview: Zoe Bucknell, OneSavings Bank

29-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Zoe Bucknell became OneSavings Bank’s GC on the day it changed from Kent Reliance and immediately faced a tough mix of start-up and legacy issues. Four years on and her reward is steep growth via a £413m flotation.

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In-house interview: Jenifer Swallow, Mind Candy

22-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Working at the creator of children’s online game Moshi Monsters isn’t all fun and games.

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The in-house interview: SSE GC Liz Tanner

15-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

How SSE’s general counsel is managing an inquiry that could reshape the whole energy market.

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In-house interview: Adam Batty, Selfridges Group

8-Jun-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Soaking up the dramas of the shop floor is all part of Adam Batty’s job to counter the real-life risks and issues Selfridges faces across its four global luxury brands.

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Amgen hires Danaher’s Graham for general counsel role as Scott retires

6-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Pharma company Amgen has hired Jonathan Graham as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary from manufacturer Danaher to replace David Scott, who is retiring next month.

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Osborne Clarke's Berg calls for firms to be “much more collaborative”

6-Jul-2015 | By Matt Byrne

Osborne Clarke managing partner Ray Berg has issued a call for firms to work more closely together and be ”much more collaborative” to deal with the pressures created by clients with more buying power.


"He kept profits up, but at the expense of collegiality": Davies quits, Linklaters sources react

3-Jul-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Sources close to Linklaters have been quick to comment on the “surprising” departure of managing partner Simon Davies, who revealed he will step down a year early to join Lloyds Bank on Wednesday (1 July).

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CMA promotes Grenfell to executive director for enforcement

2-Jul-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has promoted senior director of sectoral regulation Michael Grenfell to executive director following Sonya Branch’s departure to the Bank of England.

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Panel Reviews

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Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers planning to reduce legal panel

30-Jun-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Chivas Brothers, a member of the Pernod Ricard group, is to carry out a panel review of its UK legal advisers with plans to cut the roster from 16 to around seven. 


Qatar Petroleum to launch first legal panel

24-Jun-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

State-owned Qatar Petroleum will launch its first formal legal panel, with Simmons & Simmons and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) understood to have already submitted tender proposals.


Alliance Homes Group appoints three firms to help meet social objectives

19-Jun-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Affordable housing provider Alliance Homes Group has named Anthony Collins, Clarke Willmott and Trowers & Hamlins as its new legal panel.

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In-House Insider

Linklaters managing partner Davies steps down early, scores top job at Lloyds Banking Group


What could induce the managing partner of a magic circle firm to take on an in-house role? In the case of Simon Davies, the appeal of a top in-house job at Lloyds Banking Group did the trick.

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