In-house legal teams expect to be larger and in control of bigger budgets next year according to new research revealing a 60 per cent rise in headcount in EMEA in-house teams since 2010.
London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance.
In this webcast, Jonathan Kirsop examines how the UK data protection regime applies to regulate disclosed information.
New figures reveal in-house salaries and bonuses rose in the regions again last year.
A group of six firms including Eversheds, Harper Macleod and Norton Rose Fulbright have lost their places on the combined Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank national panel.
SmartDocs was built in partnership with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) and Minter Ellison.
When she found herself off work with back problems Simmons & Simmons associate Karen Kerrigan hatched a plan: she would leave the law and set up a community forum for people experiencing the same kind of pain as her.
BP has appointed nine firms to its specialist legal panel, including Baker & McKenzie and Hill Dickinson.
LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function.
Shoosmiths has bolstered its intellectual property offering with the hire of Olly Leyden, who was previously in house at NBC-Universal.
Procurement Pulse — in-house award to non-profit organisation; challenging a procurement process; and more
DLA Piper has released its Procurement Pulse publication for June 2014.
Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process.
Kemp Little’s commercial technology team has established itself as one of the strongest in the UK.
Allen & Overy has commissioned independent research into how the delivery of legal services is changing around the world.
Global VAT Guide: Cross Border Supplies of Intangible Services, Rights and Digital Content — June 2014 download
As business grows more global, the challenge for in-house counsel and in-house VAT specialists is intensifying. This guide is intended to meet this challenge head on.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are advising on the flotation of private hospital group Spire Healthcare’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
We’re coming out of the back room and helping to shape strategy, say our shortlisted lawyers for this year’s In-house Lawyer of the Year award.
The UK’s biggest payday loans company, Wonga, is set to pay £2.6m compensation to about 45,000 customers after sending letters threatening legal action from non-existent law firms.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith Freehills and Macfarlanes are among eight firms to have retained positions of Virgin Group’s panel following an informal review.
Banking giant Barclays has told panel firms that they should team up as single units as part of its latest panel review process.
Have you just been asked to deal with a dispute? If yes, ensure you are familiar with the Jackson Reforms, which were introduced in April 2013.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to change theorist Richard Susskind for advice on its next panel process, which is expected to result in its adviser roster being reduced for a second time.
This briefing provides suggestions that explore ways to define and then measure what value means to your clients, so you can effectively demonstrate that that’s exactly what you provide.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is on the hunt for an expanded panel after turning its back on the idea of scrapping or reducing its dedicated roster.
Kemp Little has released an outline agenda and information on speakers for its annual technology conference.
Banks seem to have woken up to the idea that litigators are better together and have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly.
UK housing association Circle Housing has chosen Iken case management to support its newly enlarged in-house legal team
BP’s ongoing panel review process is drawing to a close, with firms expecting to be told if they have scooped a UK panel place before the end of June.
The Crown Estate has appointed in-house solicitor Rob Booth as its new head of legal, replacing Alex Peeke who is set to exit for Land Securities.
The UK’ s water industry watchdog Ofwat has appointed former Ofgem legal director Elizabeth Hillman as its first general counsel following a management reshuffle.
Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke have won the main spots on Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) first formal panel.
What are the implications of the Heartbleed virus for organisations?
How GCs can prove their worth and why the ‘zero sum game’ played with external firms should stop were hot topics at our recent summit in Portugal
Barclays has overhauled its legal function to create a streamlined global litigation group reporting directly to its general counsel and has also launched a new global financial crime team.
Heineken is expected to hand its new sole advisory mandate to either Eversheds or Pinsent Masons but neither CMS Cameron McKenna nor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are expected to be invited to tender for the contract.
This video from Allen & Overy looks at the way that a carefully planned and executed people management strategy can be critical to the success of a merger.
Utility company South Staffordshire Plc has cut its informal panel from 25 to four with DWF, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, SGH Martineau and SAS Daniels being awarded the mandate to advise the company.
Insurance group QBE has turned to Australian supermarket chain Woolworths for its new group general counsel, hiring Peter Horton to succeed incumbent Duncan Ramsay who is leaving the organisation after 21 years.
Avon and Somerset Police’s legal team has selected specialist case management software from Iken to replace their existing legacy system.
BBC’s head of litigation Nadia Banno is leaving to join Baker & McKenzie just two years after taking up the head role at the BBC.
A report from KPMG reveals that in-house lawyers’ work is dominated by commercial decision making as boardrooms seek validation of their business and operational plans.
Case C-574/12 Centro Hospitalar v Eurest Portugal was a case referred to the ECJ by the Portuguese court.
Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Clydesdale Bank has launched its first panel review since appointing general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire in 2012 and overhauling its legal team.
E-commerce giant Amazon is bulking up its legal capability in Europe, with lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Moneygram the latest to join.
For the first time in 15 years, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) is overhauling its rules for arbitration.
Eversheds Saladžius, in co-operation with Eversheds Bitans and Eversheds Ots & Co, is organising the Baltic International Arbitration Conference.
A total of eight firms including Ashfords, DLA Piper and Eversheds have lost their places on the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) panel, which has been slashed from a total of 14 firms to just nine.
Barclays’ managing director and general counsel for the Americas, Michael Crowl, has quit the bank to take up a similar post with Swiss institution UBS.
Sainsbury’s has added TLT and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to its revamped roster in its third panel review.
Ladbrokes general counsel and company secretary Jonathan Adelman has left the business, with deputy Annabel Bannerman taking on the top legal role.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) increased its spend on external lawyers to £10m in 2012/13 from £3m a year earlier, despite its number of in-house legal staff climbing up to 230.
Lloyds Banking Group has finalised its long-awaited customer-pay panel in what marks the first formal process for its third-party roster.
Karanovic & Nikolic has hosted a number of participants from the largest companies in Macedonia at the first-ever Corporate Counsel Forum.
The Federal Court recently considered the concepts of ‘legal advice’ and ‘independence’ in relation to claims for legal professional privilege.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has been appointed by SuperGroup, the corporate group behind the Superdry brand, to handle its continental European real estate matters, as part of a wider review of the fashion group’s external advisers.
Penningtons Manches is acknowledged as a leader in the field of professional regulation.
This year’s Budget introduced yet more changes to the way pensions operate. Will this squeeze out the specialist in-housers even more?
A new breed of lawyer is smoothing the path for companies entering emerging or unstable jurisdictions
eBay’s Singapore-based associate general counsel Steven Liew has left the online shopping giant to set up a boutique consultancy firm aiming at problems solving for technology companies.
A mammoth team of advisors including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters has turned out to advise Lafarge and Swiss giant Holcim in their €40bn merger.
Sarah Nelson Smith, UK legal chief of KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum! Brands took a fresh approach to panel review
General counsel at Shell – “the best job in law” according to Peter Rees QC. So what prompted the silk to stand down two years ahead of schedule in November 2013?
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has handed roles to six firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Osborne Clarke and DWF in the last of a series of panel reviews.
Clarke Willmott has been kicked off the Crown Estate’s rural panel in favour of a consolidated roster comprising Bond Dickinson and Burges Salmon.
Drinks giant Diageo has named Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May its formal ‘preferred suppliers’ in the UK following a four-month review.
Unilever has kicked off its first formal panel review, which could formalise relationships with Slaughter and May, Mayer Brown and Baker & McKenzie among others.
Iken’s Dr Andrew Chester will be talking about efficiency and productivity improvement for knowledge workers in his address to the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association in April.
The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.
Peter Rees QC, the former legal director of Royal Dutch Shell, is joining Thirty Nine Essex Street as a counsel with immediate effect.
Where do you think your local government clients are heading? It’s not a rhetorical question
Barclays in-house legal department has teamed up with diversity networks Aspiring Solicitors, The Black Lawyers Directory Foundation and The Sutton Trust to offer 80 legal work placements this summer.
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Coach company National Express has hired Burges Salmon banking and transport partner Sandra Forbes as general counsel.
Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has cut Herbert Smith Freehills from its defence roster in favour of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as part of its first ever panel review.
The National Grid has kicked Irwin Mitchell off its debt recovery panel and replaced it with Shakespeares ahead of a full-scale review to take place this summer.
Virgin Media has appointed a new general counsel from American media company Scripps Networks Interactive.
Dacheng has won two China Business Law Journal awards in technology, media and communications and private equity and venture capital.
Scottish Power’s Glaswegian head of legal Marion Venman is driving an international agenda of integration, with language lessons at its core
Addleshaw Goddard has won an innovation award for its Future Leaders’ Programme at the Managing Partners’ Forum: 2014 MPF Awards for Management Excellence.
The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted more than 50 participants at the annual Corporate Counsel Forum, which was held in Belgrade on 7 March 2014.
Former Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice has emerged at the company owned by billionaire property developers, Nick and Christian Candy, after leaving the firm in November.
The Royal Shakespeare Company had no formal panel until legal head Marina Zain joined to bring some logic to bear on the ‘artistic’ legal set-up
Wragge & Co has been overlooked by Premier Foods in its £1.1bn capital refinancing plan, with Slaughter and May picking up the core mandate on the deal.
The BBC is to hire three legal services apprentices to join its in-house legal team in London, making it the latest organisation to throw its weight behind legal apprenticeships.
For most HR practitioners and in-house counsel, keeping abreast of domestic legal developments can be challenging. For those with a multi-national remit, the task is huge.
Hogan Lovells has been named among the top five law firms with the strongest brand in Acritas’s annual ‘US Law Firms Brand Index 2014’.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) new general counsel, Marina Zain, is to put together the theatre company’s inaugural panel of legal advisers.
The future of cyber-security. Threats and opportunities — what in-house counsel need to know download
The ascent of the internet and computing has fuelled the importance of cyber-security, such that cyber-security has taken on a core strategic importance to business.
Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline trade association, rolling out its existing mandate to include Europe, North Asia and Asia Pacific.
The former head of legal for Microsoft Russia has quit the technology giant to lead Akamai Technologies’ EMEA legal arm from the UK.
A raft of ten firms including Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright and Burges Salmon, have been appointed to the UK Green Investment Bank’s (GIB’s) first-ever formal legal panel.
Eversheds, Forsters and Gordons are among the 170 firms to score places on Santander’s corporate and commercial banking legal panel, which includes 47 new panel members.
Swedish music rights organisation Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå (STIM) has promoted its general counsel to acting CEO following the resignation of Kenth Muldin.
Modern digital currencies such as Bitcoin attempt to do something fundamentally different to a digital representation of ‘standard’ money.
Ashurst’s low cost support base in Scotland is expanding faster than expected, with the firm planning to more than quadruple the number of legal analysts based in the city within the next 12 months.
Minter Ellison’s 2014 National CPD Week will be launched this month, offering something for in-house lawyers at any stage of their career.
Eversheds has appointed three partners to its financial services dispute resolution and investigations team in response to increasing client demand.
The Crown Estate has launched a panel review of its rural roster which currently features Burges Salmon and Clarke Willmott.
Stephenson Harwood has hired Yann Beckers as a partner in its Paris banking and finance department. He joins the law firm from Clifford Chance.
HSBC Holdings has hired a Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner to lead the global litigation and regulatory affairs group alongside litigation global banking and markets head Guy Nielson following the exit of incumbent Preeta Bansal.
Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Donny Ching as its new legal director with immediate effect.
Royal Dutch Shell has handed interim responsibility of its legal function to its human resources and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell.
Ince & Co in China has been named a winner in the category of aviation and shipping in China Business Law Journal’s 2013 China Business Law Awards.
Public services provider Amey has decided against setting up a formal panel of legal advisers in favour of an informal referral system with a set of ten preferred firms, following its merger with Enterprise in 2013.
TV designer and presenter Kevin McCloud MBE’s company, HAB Housing, has added TLT and Ashfords to its panel alongside Burges Salmon.
E-discovery is a critical process that occurs early in civil litigation matters and involves the exchange of information between parties involved in a legal action.
Building and DIY retailer Travis Perkins Group has appointed Deborah Grimason as its new general counsel.
City and national firms and in-house legal departments have signed up to connect with prospective solicitors via Aspiring Solicitors, an online platform dedicated to improving the diversity of the legal profession.
Osborne Clarke has been dropped from the Citibank panel following a restructure that saw its roster reduced from 21 to 19.
Hogan Lovells is set to host a webinar on employment law changes on 22 January 2014.
Allianz Insurance has appointed DAC Beachcroft, Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM), DWF and Keoghs to its claims legal panel for England and Wales.
The Co-operative Group has finalised the process of dividing its legal function in the wake of losing control of its banking arm to investors in October.
In this ThinkHouse podcast from Wragge & Co, parter Sally Mewies talks to Michael Luckman about the pros and cons of cloud services.
The ECJ has ruled that insurers cannot restrict the freedom of choice of insured persons by insisting on their using panel law firms or the insurer’s in-house staff.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty has handled in-house all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground.
Burges Salmon associate Matthew Sims has led the £31m sale of Honda’s biggest storage depot in Avonmouth to BlackRock UK Property Fund and Canmoor.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has won a new job, as chief legal adviser to the United Arab Emirate Ras al Khaimah.
Group deputy general counsel Dominique Bourrinet is to take the chief legal role at Société Générale (SocGen).
This first instalment highlights the importance of implementing a legal department management system.
In this second instalment, Rob Thomas assesses ways of convincing the CFO that new technology can do more than merely provide a return on investment.
In this final instalment, Thomson Reuters looks at the steps a new general counsel can follow in order to make a significant impact in the legal department.
Thomson Reuters provides a list of the top ways that will help both you and your legal department integrate with your company to function more like a business unit.
Outgoing Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs is to chair the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) Conduct Committee when he retires from the firm next year.
With the right technology, in-house counsel can more proactively manage legal risk, reduce the cost of legal services and improve productivity.
Datacert’s checklist provides a smart list of what to know when considering a legal management technology solution.
Fox International Channels (FIC) has appointed Francis Chang as its senior vice-president legal and business affairs and general counsel for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Kellogg’s EMEA legal head Orla Muldoon is leaving to join agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in January.
Dacheng and First Law International have held a conference at the law firm’s Shanghai office.
The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.
The gargantuan BT Sport-Uefa football deal was all the work of each side’s in-housers – private practice take note
Siemens general counsel Peter Solmssen is to leave the group next month as the top legal job is axed from the management board.
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year.
American Express general counsel Louise Parent has quit the credit card giant to join the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after 20 years in the job.
Arbitrator makes welcome decision to disregard the long-debated salvage distinction
Eversheds decided against pitching for a role on the expanded NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) panel at the latest review despite working on six of its nine ‘lots’ since 2009.
Second Circuit: in-house counsel may not seek to profit as whistleblowers against former employers download
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an important ruling restricting in-house counsel from acting as whistleblowers in litigation against their current or former employers.
Barclays’ head of compliance and regulatory relations Hector Sants, who last month took a temporary leave of absence due to stress and exhaustion, has resigned from the post.
Advisers get stuck into the disentangling task, to unhitch troubled bank from group
Mark Molyneux, a north-west lawyer at Addleshaw Goddard, is to speak at an international arbitration conference in Africa.
Gresham computing has hired a Manches associate to its new general counsel post, marking the first qualified lawyer to enter the company.
The Co-operative Bank has hired a new general counsel, in the wake of news that the bank will host the UK’s first ever ‘bail-in’ by a consortium of hedge funds (4 November 2013).
Goodman Derrick’s employment team will hold a breakfast seminar that will review the key employment decisions made during the course of 2013.
The purpose of this white paper is to help in-house counsel bridge this gap by translating legal process improvement into a value proposition that will resonate with the chief financial officer.
The ‘day in a life of’ scenarios were researched and compiled by Rob Thomas, vice-president of strategic development for Serengeti Law.
What metrics are the most valuable to manage your legal department and show its value to stakeholders in the company?
One of the government’s leading lawyers, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) general counsel Anthony Inglese, is to retire.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has handed interim general counsel Marina Zain the position on a permanent basis.
The former director of legal and company secretary at Virgin Money, Jasan Fitzpatrick, has named as general counsel of consumer credit firm Premium Credit.
This advisory provides an overview of the anti-corruption enforcement risk in Brazil, summarises the new law, compares it with the FCPA and offers practical compliance suggestions for in-house counsel.
The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) bar panel review has come to a close, with 20 sets of chambers winning appointments.
Three lawyers at law firm Sintons have been promoted to associate: Iona Sims, Anna Barton and Scott Cable.
Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), is in the closing stages of establishing its first ever UK legal panel.
Budget airline Monarch has delayed publishing the results of its recent panel review following a revamp which kicked off in February.
Minter Ellison’s Vanessa Warburton has been awarded the Future Star accolade at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law awards.
Wales’s largest social landlord RCT Homes has awarded 13 firms a place on its first-ever legal panel, with Trowers & Hamlins, Bevan Brittan and Burges Salmon among those to win spots.
In-flight entertainment provider Global Eagle has named the former London-based News International lawyer, Jay Itzkowitz, as its general counsel.
Nationwide Building Society general counsel Liz Kelly is leaving the building society to spend more time with her family just weeks after Nationwide launched its delayed general panel review.
Morrisons has completed its first panel review as it prepares to double its in-house legal team by the end of the year.
Mills & Reeve has been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2013 report in the value resourcing category.
DLA Piper has been named Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service at the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2013 Awards for its WIN programme.
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With offerings provided ‘as a service’ becoming increasingly prevalent, more lawyers in both private practice and in-house will be seeing cloud-related contract terms.
Telecoms giant BT has launched a review of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) provision, The Lawyer can reveal.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
How law firms successfully targeted places on Aviva’s panel, with go-getting GC Monica Risam calling the shots
Law Society in-house grouping breaks away and spreads its wings
BTI report recognises Hogan Lovells’ global litigation practice as one of the world’s top litigation groups.
Independent brokerage and software group AKJ has hired its first in-house lawyer with the appointment of Tom Mackay, a former legal chief for the London Stock Exchange.
This supplement is a continuation of Thomson Reuter’s report Information Governance For Lawyers.
Allen & Overy’s antitrust team has played an active part in the 17th annual IBA competition conference held in Florence on 13–14 September.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has named former Burges Salmon transport head Nick Olley as general counsel.
Shell UK, the British arm of Royal Dutch Shell Group, has completed a top-level reshuffle of its global legal team, naming Michael Coates as its new head of legal in the UK.
In March 2013 The Lawyer, in association with Thomson Reuters Serengeti, conducted a large research project examining the rapidly evolving in-house legal sector.
Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract to be the primary provider of routine legal work to US water pump company and Tyco spin-off Pentair Flow Control.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has taken on Group Lotus in-house lawyer Byron Jacobson as its first permanent general counsel.
Barclays is on the brink of a big change in the way it uses outside advisers
In March this year, The Lawyer, in association with Thomson Reuters Serengeti, surveyed more than 1,000 general counsel and senior lawyers working in business about the seismic changes that are affecting the legal sector.
Financial Times (FT) general counsel Tim Bratton is set to leave the newspaper after nearly ten years at the helm of the publishing business’s legal team.
In-house lawyers must take a more robust approach to protecting whistle-blowers and be prepared to speak out against bad management decisions, HBOS’ former risk management head Paul Moore has warned.
HBOS whistleblower Paul Moore welcomes new rules to protect his peers and tells The Lawyer that in-house counsel must drive corporate transparency
Gain exclusive access to profiles of 30 in-house legal teams working within private equity. The Lawyer In-house Private Equity Report 2013 is essential reading for those wishing to enhance their understanding of the private equity sector.
Financial technology developer Media Ingenuity has snapped up in-house IT and IP specialist Melin Tarafdar from JPMorgan Chase as its new general counsel.
DLA Piper has been added to the panel of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) following the hire of its new general counsel and company secretary Liz McDonald last October.
Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna and Debevoise & Plimpton are amongst the new firms appointed to Royal Dutch Shell’s revamped legal panel, which consists of more than 150 firms.
The Brussels Court of Appeal has acknowledged the existence of legal professional privilege for in-house counsels who are members of the IBJ/IJE.
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This report shows how working with TyMetrix has enabled four international organisations to better understand their spend with external counsel and make significant savings on legal advice.
Financial services regulation — view from in-house legal in association with Grant Thornton
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