Luxembourg’s advantages for companies considering locating their business here and insight into the country’s legal regime for enterprises.
To promote easier reporting for foreign direct investmen transactions the Reserve Bank of India has amended the process of filing certain returns.
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.
The forthcoming Consumer Rights Bill will introduce changes to consumer laws, including those dealing with the provision of goods, services and digital content.
There is confusion over the new agency legislation and businesses should treat it with care and determination.
With the right technology, in-house counsel can more proactively manage legal risk, reduce the cost of legal services and improve productivity.
A retail employee who helped pursue a shoplifter, in violation of the employer’s workplace violence policy, could sue the employer and a supervisor in the courts for her injury.
Tullett Prebon has hired Arle Capital general counsel Philip Price as its new group general counsel and global compliance head.
In a move that will be welcomed by employers, a European Court of Justice advocate-general has given an opinion against the aggregation of redundancies across an employer.
This checklist may assist in ensuring your organisation is ‘ShPL ready’.
An important judgment has been handed down that deals with the remedies available to members of the IBM Project Waltz scheme.
Newbigin v SJ & J Monk provides guidance on how to value a building for rating purposes when it is being refurbished. The result is that it is now more difficult to avoid empty property rates.
Litigation privilege: what is it and how can you protect it? – a checklist for directors and managers
Claiming privilege over a document is a valuable right for a potential litigant, however litigation privilege can be lost or not even arise at all.
Homeland security experts warn of the next wide-scale military offensive beginning with a decisive zero-day cyber attack.
Updates on developments in shared parental leave, adoption leave, caste discrimination, tribunal recommendations and more.
What guides the ego-driven type of lawyer is not the desire to close the deal but rather the will to win the debate, and this turns them into inefficient negotiators.
Woolworths collective redundancy consultation ‘establishment’ ruling wrong, says advocate-general download
An opinion from the European Court of Justice could have a positive impact on insolvent business recovery prospects and multi-site employers making redundancies across their business.
From 21 February there will be changes to the Canadian work permit application process.
Eastbourne and Lewes Councils have appointed Pinsent Masons’ head of local government Celia Cullen to help establish a combined in-house team for the two Sussex councils.
From calls to the FBI over a cyber security issue to launching the retailer’s first loyalty card, former rugby reporter Mark Amsden has a lot on his plate as Morrisons’ general counsel.
For foreign investors in China business downturns and their consequences can be daunting. Tales of rebellious employees are legion. With proper planning though, such scenarios can be avoided.
Employment issues for multinational employers in the New York spotlight.
Federal Law 488-FZ ‘On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation’, to become effective on 30 June, regulates relations between legal entities and businesspeople operating in the industrial sector.
This supplement is a continuation of our ground-breaking report Information Governance for Lawyers published in 2011.
UK must improve the availability of business finance if it wants to inspire the creation of more world-class companies, according to an industry expert.
Oral agreements are binding – but can give rise to problems.
We thought that we would share some basic data protection tips with those of you who did not see our tweets on International Data Protection Day.
With the spring AGM season rapidly approaching for UK plc now is a good time to take stock of the trends that emerged from the 2014 reporting season.
Significant changes to working time record-keeping and new notification requirements and sanctions with regard to posting employees to Austria
News Corp has named deputy general counsel David Pitofsky as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer.
The BBC is expanding its in-house legal training, offering greater numbers of staff the chance to work towards legal qualifications.
Big Data download
In the first in a series of articles exploring the challenges and opportunities of managing and exploiting data, Hayley Pizzey provides guidance for in-house lawyers seeking to make sense of it all.
Issues including age discrimination, religion and sexual orientation are in the spotlight.
Investment and asset management company Triangle has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate Liron Meister as its first general counsel.
Welcome to our global employment and labour law update. Our aim is to keep you up to date with key developments to help you manage your global employment challenges.
Wonga has appointed Bill Flynn as its new general counsel, fresh from his role heading up the legal team at debt management company Capquest Group.
Shared parental leave download
In order for the new shared parental leave rights to kick in, a parent entitled to maternity leave and pay will need to cut short her maternity leave.
Can an employee who simply overeats and is consequently overweight be protected for the purposes of employment law? download
While there is no freestanding protection against discrimination on the grounds of obesity, an employee may be protected under disability discrimination laws.
New rules apply when hiring foreign nationals in Beijing.
The latest instalment of the long-running Woolworth’s case has emerged in the form of the European Court of Justice advocate-general’s opinion that an ‘establishment’ is a ‘local employment unit’.
In these complex and thought-provoking times in Israel each individual has his/her opinion about the situation and the solutions, and many choose to share these on social media.
After a surge of activity including a restructure that scattered legal services across the business and deep cuts to the panel roster, the EDF Energy team say they are the stronger for it.
In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered whether a tribunal had erred in awarding a payment in lieu of a worker’s unused holiday allowance from previous leave years on the termination of his employment.
Many Woolworths and Ethel Austin former staff did not qualify for protective awards as they worked in stores with fewer than 20 employees.
Insurance underwriter Novae Group has appointed Alexandra Moon as its first-ever group general counsel.
There are about to be some alterations to the list of ‘sensitive words and expressions’ that require permission before they are registered as part of a company name.
The British Virgin Islands is becoming a popular jurisdiction for aviation finance transactions in both the commercial and business jet sectors.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised high-street retailer and long-standing client Argos on its arrangement with Sainsbury’s to launch a series of new Argos digital stores within a number of its UK supermarkets.
Buyer beware! Business purchases present numerous traps for the unwary particularly in terms of the employment liabilities that may be transferred.
Walgreens Boots Alliance has made former Alliance Boots legal counsel and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni executive vice president (VP) and global chief legal and administrative officer of the newly combined business.
Taking on big banks and energy giants means the new competition watchdog needs a strong legal team, and GC Sarah Cardell is the one designing it.
The SRA’s new training regime for all aspirant and qualified solicitors is expected to come into force from November 2016.
In this briefing for inhouse lawyers and general counsel, Shepherd and Wedderburn considers the impact of this development.
BBVA’s former UK head of legal Joanne Theodoulou has taken up the role of general counsel at NetOTC, an independent platform that deals with over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.
KPMG’s general counsel Vanessa Sharp is set to quit her role in May to seek new opportunities.
Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.
Looking across our cyber response engagements there’s a stark – and illuminating – contrast between the UK and US.
A reminder to all brand owners when creating brand names to give careful consideration to ensuring they are original
In principle, a business can recover the costs of its in-house legal staff doing legal work in civil litigation from the other side (provided of course that it has been awarded its costs by the court).
From management buy-out to becoming a listed company: legal head Louise Stonier has seen Pets at Home through some big changes.
Male and female general counsel have different priorities when buying legal services, according to new research by Acritas.
Publishing giant Pearson is set to launch its first global legal panel by the end of the first quarter of 2015, with current advisers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Fieldfisher and Morgan Lewis among those contending for places.
Debevoise & Plimpton has hired JPMorgan Chase consumer bank general counsel Matthew Biben to join its white collar and regulatory defence group and banking and consumer finance practices.
Rolls Royce company secretary and head of legal Nigel Goldsworthy has stepped down from his role at the company after his role was split in two last year.
The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Cartels and Criminal Group has launched a recruitment campaign to hire in-house lawyers.
Travel commerce platform Travelport has snapped up William Hill general counsel and company secretary Thomas Murphy to head its legal department.
How should GCs manage risk, gain commercial nous and say ‘no’ the right way? Lawyers converged at the inaugural In-house Counsel to Business Partner conference to find out Headline Sponsor of The Lawyer Conference, From In House Counsel to Business Partner
Barclays Capital general counsel Judith Shepherd has resigned from her role today (9 January) and is set to leave the company in the first half of 2015.
No two people have the same moral compass, and what the right thing actually means is different for every company.
HealthTrust Europe, a central purchasing body for the health sector, has launched a procurement exercise for its legal services panel review in 2015.
PRC firm Gaopeng & Partners has bolstered its Beijing practice with the addition of Microsoft’s China general manager and assistant general counsel Ron Xie.
The practical difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the UK Bribery Act should not be underestimated.
Eurostar has delayed its panel review until spring 2015, granting Burges Salmon, CMS Cameron McKenna and Osborne Clarke a four-month reprieve.
Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.
Thomas Cook group general counsel Craig Stoehr has been given the additional role of chief corporate officer at the company, effective immediately.
ELM Solutions’ checklist of key criteria for a matter and spend management solution for in-house counsel provides a smart list of what to know when considering a legal management technology solution.
Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has picked Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood for its inaugural legal panel after a competitive tender process that closed in October.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) panel review is expected to conclude within the next two weeks in time for a January 2015 unveiling, with firms vying for spots on the larger panel.
Tim Crosley, head of the tax department at Memery Crystal, spoke at the MBL In-House Lawyers — Commercial Law Round-up 2014 Conference.
Verizon vice president of public policy Craig Silliman will take on the additional role of general counsel at Verizon from 1 January 2015.
Linklaters’ former global corporate head Jeremy Parr is to become general counsel at trading company Jardine Matheson Holdings, replacing outgoing Giles White who is to retire at the end of July 2015.
Flash memory storage company SanDisk has announced the appointment of new chief legal officer Mark Brazeal, senior deputy general counsel at tech company Broadcom.
Deutsche Bank’s regular global legal panel review has kicked off, and is due to come to a close early next year.
Vacuum manufacturer Edwards’ EMEA senior counsel Judith Banks has moved to head up the Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America legal team at medical technology group Elekta.
Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s £3.3bn IPO in 2013, retaining DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna but dropping Bond Dickinson on an expanded roster.
US clothing company American Apparel has chosen Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as its new general counsel, effective 15 December.
Whistleblowing — every little helps? download
Following on from the recent revelations surrounding Tesco, BWB’s Louise Rea explores the legal connotations of whistleblowing.
British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group legal director and general counsel Neil Withington has quit the group, as it announces a wider leadership reshuffle.
JP Morgan Chase has launched its latest panel review, having warned firms they will have to cut rates by at least 2 per cent to qualify.
EDF Energy has overhauled the career progression structure in its in-house team in order to mirror private practice, prompted by demand from its in-house lawyers.
Trinity Mirror’s group legal director Paul Vickers has been made redundant after working at the company for 22 years, following a management reshuffle.
CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.
The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton have surveyed more than 300 private practice lawyers and in-house counsel on their understanding of and use of e-discovery tools.
Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are among firms gearing up for Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) global panel review which began last month.
Consumer debt company Cabot Credit Management has appointed RPC commercial insurance partner Charlotte Taggart as its general counsel.
Burness Paull and CMS Cameron McKenna have been named on FTSE 250 outsourcing company Interserve’s first Scottish panel after beating seven firms to make the roster.
Santander has finalised its latest panel review, upping the total number of firms on its main legal roster from about 24 to 30.
European investment group Aurelius has kicked off its first-ever UK legal panel review, following the hire of its first UK head of legal Kimberley Whitaker.
Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Taylor Wessing are advising on the multi-billion pound sale of United Biscuits to Turkish trade buyer Yildiz Holding.
Iceland general counsel and company secretary Jayne Burrell has resigned from her role at the supermarket chain to become group general counsel and company secretary of pharmaceutical company Sinclair Pharma.
Payment processing company Worldpay has hired former Barclays Bank lawyer Mark Edwards as its new group general counsel.
Dacheng Life and Dacheng Law Review have been recognised as excellent in-house publications by Beijing Lawyers Association at an awards ceremony.
Memery Crystal’s employment team is set to host a breakfast panel discussion — ‘Social media: what employers need to consider’.
At the Competition Policy Review International Conference in Canberra on 23 October, partner Paul Schoff took part in a panel on Competition Laws and Regulatory Institutions.
A study published recently by PwC shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face.
General Motors general counsel Michael Millikin is to retire next year after 37 years at the company and five years at the helm of the auto giant’s legal team.
The EAT has considered whether the employment tribunal rules also allowed the recovery of an in-house lawyer’s costs incurred during litigation in the employment tribunal.
Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.
Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers.
Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.
Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.
The John Lewis Partnership has hired former BG deputy general counsel Keith Hubber to join the company as general counsel from February 2015.
National Grid UK general counsel and company secretary Karen Clayton has left the network in the midst of a full-scale panel review due to be finalised in April 2015.
EDF has turned to Clifford Chance antitrust partner Jenine Hulsmann to win approval for a nuclear reactor subsidy scheme from the European Commission (EC), enabling the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for 20 years.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2014 edition of its European Employment Law Update. This section focuses on Germany.
On 1 December 2014, we are expecting legislation to come into force that will give effect to the new shared parental leave regime.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood are understood to have missed out on Lloyds’ core panel spots in its latest review, which reduced the roster from 12 to 10.
YouView’s general counsel Tony Vitale has joined insurance company BGL Group in a new role as head of legal.
EDF Energy has launched its latest panel review and will keep its new roster for three years, replacing its current two-year panel system.
The first Lawyer and BLP GC2B roundtable event provides a valuable insight into the realities of becoming a new GC and what it takes to stay the distance
Global Employment Lawyer — crafting a non-compete clause under English law; hidden US tax issues; and more download
Dentons has released the first issue of its Global Employment Lawyer publication.
Virgin Money’s first general counsel Stephen Pearson has stepped down from his role as the company prepares for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange later this month.
Tesco general counsel Adrian Morris and 25 other lawyers based at the supermarket’s headquarters will be sent onto the shop floor over the next three months in a campaign launched by chief executive Dave Lewis.
The recent £22m arbitration award against HM Government in favour of Raytheon, provider of the troubled UN E-Borders project, has once again shone the spotlight on international commercial arbitration.
Former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins has taken up one of the organisation’s three new executive positions following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year.
There may be no such thing as a free Yorkie bar for Nestlé European GC Trevor Brown, but maintaining the brand’s reputation as a trusted provider of confections is fulfilling enough
There is now a clear public expectation that every sizeable consumer-facing business will have a social media presence of some sort.
Guidance on costs download
Gemma Roberts provides an update on the latest guidance on costs.
Wonga’s first-ever general counsel Lucy Vernall has left the company for internet lender Funding Circle, months after Wonga was forced to pay £2.6m in compensation for sending debt collection letters from fake law firms.
Ilyashev & Partners is an official partner of the 2nd Annual Forum of In-House Counsel, which will be held on 23 October 2014.
Shoosmiths has hosted an all-day event for London-based procurement professionals and in-house lawyers
Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has sourced its latest general counsel from the ranks of Scotland’s Burness Paull, appointing Tony Byrne to the role this week.
Magic circle firms are still in demand, international firms stay stable and regional firms carve out a presence in 2014’s panel reviews, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.
This week we publish our review of the reviews, which tallies the firms that have won places on the panels of 2014. There’s a pattern emerging.
Ince & Co’s Hong Kong office has been named Asian-MENA Counsel In-House Community Firm of the Year for Maritime & Shipping: Hong Kong.
Promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution is one of the key ways in which the courts are trying to reduce the costs of litigation.
Save the Children International (SCI) general counsel Elizabeth Stephen has left the charity on sabbatical, prompting a hunt for her replacement.
Pillsbury has launched its Crisis Management Toolkit App, available now for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Bevan Brittan has hired the former chief executive of Birmingham Council as a consultant to advise public sector clients on non-legal issues surrounding new service delivery models and legislative change.
Jones Day has announced that three partners, two from General Electric (GE) and one from Shearman & Sterling, are set to join the firm’s M&A practice in its London and New York offices.
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Thread and zips manufacturer Coats has appointed senior Weight Watchers lawyer Richard Reade as deputy general counsel, following the appointment of its first-ever general counsel from Lloyds.
Heinz’ European general counsel Janice More has left the company following its £18bn takeover by a US investment consortium last year.
Baker & McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Olswang and Slaughter and May have all won spots on Unilever’s inaugural panel.
Citigroup has lost its New-York based global consumer business general counsel following the exit of two other in-house lawyers earlier in the year.
Firms vying for spots on Lloyds’ own-account panel have been given a week to file tender submissions to the bank in preparation for an October panel unveiling.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) has gifted Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon first-time appointments on its revamped legal panel.
Amsterdam-headquartered telecoms giant VimpelCom has appointed Scott Dresser, formerly at Virgin Media, as its new group general counsel.
The London boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, which recently merged their legal groups, have become the second local authority in-house team to be awarded an alternative business structure (ABS) licence, following Buckinghamshire County Council last week.
Nabarro is launching a new regime of fixed-fee deals across its litigation practice which will see the firm shoulder risk for its clients.
Ethical investor Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) has appointed six firms to its inaugural legal panel, with Muckle and Walker Morris among those winning a spot.
JPMorgan Chase & Co’s retail-banking general counsel Matthew Biben has left the bank three years after joining.
Buckinghamshire County Council has become the first local authority to form an alternative business structure (ABS), after the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) granted it a licence.
Ageas (UK), which provides insurance services to more than nine million policy holders, is the most recent in-house legal department to choose Iken.
Clydesdale Bank has named Eversheds, Harper Macleod, Morton Fraser and Optima as the four firms on its new recoveries panel.
European investment group Aurelius has hired former Sky legal adviser Kimberley Whitaker as its first-ever UK head of legal.
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Jeff Davis as its general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice-president of corporate affairs.
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.
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.
Need a .law web address? Then NetNames group GC Andy Southam is the go-to man for legal know-how
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.
Understanding the politics — and in particular how it might affect you and your business — really does matter, and business leaders ignore it at their peril.
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?
PwC is delighted to support this latest survey of corporate counsel on their experience of and views on international arbitration.
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
What in-house counsel needs to know now about Dodd-Frank derivatives 101.