Clydesdale GC returns to Oz after revolutionising UK legal function

18-Dec-2014

In the two years that she has headed up Clydesdale Bank’s UK legal function Jennifer Darbyshire has totally restructured the department and reduced the legal roster from 13 firms to seven .

New appointments for Addleshaws, Eversheds and Stephenson Harwood on inaugural Hitachi Rail Europe panel

11-Dec-2014

Hitachi Rail Europe’s first formal panel comes just six months after the company appointed former DLA Piper associate Rachel Crosier as legal counsel, so little surprise to see DLA Piper among the six firms on the the roster.

Hyperion GC Will Bloomer opens up about consolidation and pointless panels

4-Dec-2014

After three years at Hyperion, general counsel and chief risk officer Will Bloomer is warming up for the insurance intermediary’s seventeenth acquisition and couldn’t be more relaxed about it.

Gill Aitken, HMRC’s expert number cruncher

27-Nov-2014

At the start of her career, HMRC’s general counsel Gill Aitken was on the other side of the negotiations table suing the Government. The experience allowed her to glean an insight into what in-house lawyers were doing and decide to make the move to become a public servant.

Bakers splits with CNOOC post internal investigation

20-Nov-2014

Close contact between in-house lawyers and panel firms has always been seen as a good thing but for China’s state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) it has just been the cause of a mammoth fight.

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In-house Interview: Green Investment Bank’s Euan McVicar

8-Dec-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Green Investment Bank GC Euan McVicar has to sort the windmills from the waste-to-energy initiatives while staying within European state aid rules 

Bloomer

The in-house interview: Hyperion GC Will Bloomer on panels and acquisitions

1-Dec-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Hyperion general counsel Will Bloomer provides a whistle-stop tour of the consolidating insurance market and explains why he doesn’t believe in panels.

Aitken

She used to sue the Government. Now she leads the legal team at HMRC. Gill Aitken on adding value in-house

24-Nov-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

HMRC’s Gill Aitken spent her early career suing the Government but, envious of its cases, she switched sides and now brandishes an 80 per cent success rate

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