VimpelCom calls for first global panel review under new GC


Netherlands telecoms giant VimpelCom is set to review its roster of external advisers after appointing Scott Dresser as general counsel.

British Land looks to HSBC for its first GC


This week, British Land announced it was hiring its first-ever general counsel.

British American Tobacco lights up panel review talks


British American Tobacco (BAT) global general counsel Jerome Abelman is gearing up to launch the first review of the FTSE 5 company’s external legal advisers since starting the role earlier this year.

BBC puts panel on ice over cuts and licence fee threat


The BBC has put its scheduled panel review on hold this month because of budget cuts and the Government threat to abolish the licence fee.

In-house rejig at Barclays continues as Croxford takes group centre legal role


Barclays’ in-house team has undergone a turbulent year with a raft of departures and senior appointments as a result.

In-House Interview

Grant Nick Sainsbury

In-house interview: Nick Grant, Sainsbury's

5-Oct-2015 | By Katy Dowell

As GC of one of the ‘big four’ supermarkets, Nick Grant is on the frontline of efforts to help Sainsbury’s see off the competition – a task that has got tougher since the discounters arrived. Agile working is his latest weapon.

Wendy Hardaker

In-house interview: Wendy Hardaker, Government Legal Department

5-Oct-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Commercial law director of the Government Legal Department Wendy Hardaker combines heading up a 115-strong team across six teams with being a long-distance commuter and carer.

Ritva Sotamaa

In-house interview: Ritva Sotamaa, Unilever

28-Sep-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

400 brands sold in 190 countries is one major global footprint to keep on the right legal track. The trick is to build strong teams, says Unilever legal chief Ritva Sotamaa, who launched a company-wide legal academy this year

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Halfords hunts new GC as legal chief exits after 18 months

7-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Automotive and cycling retailer Halfords is looking for a new general counsel and company secretary only 18 months after hiring current head of legal Justin Richards.

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