Rebecca Smith

In-house interview: Rebecca Smith, Scapa

30-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

The hardworking GC of adhesives specialist Scapa has to be on call all hours to keep the worldwide group on a legally co-ordinated course.

Lisa Tomlins

In-house interview: Lisa Gan Tomlins,

30-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

 Lisa Gan Tomlins took lessons learned from JustEat to fast-paced ecommerce business, then unlearned the rigid translation of law picked up in private practice. 

Chris Smith L1 Energy

In-house interview: Chris Smith, L1 Energy

23-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Having resolved the BP-AAR clash over an Arctic Shelf exploration project, Chris Smith was drafted in to run the legal function at L1 Energy, where the controversial and tense deals continue.

Ned Staple

In-house interview: Ned Staple, Zoopla Property Group

23-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

A background in digital media, including running his own tech company, has helped Ned Staple guide Zoopla Property Group through an IPO and beyond.

Rachael Davidson

In-house interview: National Grid GC Rachael Davidson

16-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

In less than a year National Grid UK’s Rachael Davidson has made remarkable changes to the in-house structure and its panel of advisers, with the emphasis being fewer but more valuable relationships.

Galit Gonen

In-house interview: Galit Gonen, Teva Europe

16-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Working for a pharma company in Europe, where there is no unified system for distributing and pricing medicines, is challenging but means Galit Gonen can turn it to the advantage of the business and patients.

Alex Simpson

In-house interview: Alex Simpson, Asda

9-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Technology is becoming central to supermarket Asda’s business, and the company’s general counsel is looking for creative external counsel to match.


In-house interview: Evelyn Styles, Hays

9-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Evelyn Styles has had an unusual career that has seen her move between roles at private practice and in-house teams before finally finding a home as UK and Ireland general counsel for recruitment company Hays.

Luke Joannou Brit Legion

In-house interview: Royal British Legion GC Luke Joannou

2-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A key player in the Poppies in the Moat installation, Royal British Legion GC Luke Joannou has also had to grapple with issues including data protection law changes and protecting the brand’s image.

Abrams Ocado

In-house interview: Ocado executive director, legal and business affairs, Neill Abrams

2-Nov-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

He’s the go-to legal guy for online grocer Ocado but, given the company’s significant growth, Neill Abrams has had to start thinking like a businessman.

Dan Toner

In-house interview: Dan Toner, Spire Healthcare

26-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Political pressure in the healthcare sector means Spire GC Dan Toner is shifting his focus away from corporate and towards culture and process.

Belinda Bradberry

In-house interview: Belinda Bradberry, Cable & Wireless Communications

26-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

If Belinda Bradberry thought the 2010 demerger of her then-employer Cable & Wireless was a big deal, she probably did not realise that within four years she’d have moved from London to Miami and would soon be working on a transaction set to double the size of the business she remained with.

Rosemary Martin

Panel pioneer: Vodafone GC Rosemary Martin

19-Oct-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Vodafone GC Rosemary Martin has a reputation as an in-house pioneer, responsible for driving innovation and redefining the way the FTSE 100 giant uses external counsel.

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Dixons Carphone to launch first panel since merger

1-Dec-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Telecoms retail giant Dixons Carphone will launch its first formal panel process in December 2015, with the aim to “formalise external legal relationships”.


In-house counsel as business partner: Managing reputational risk

27-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Different businesses come with their own unique challenges but one issue all general counsel deal with is how to manage the reputational risks associated with their business.


Capita completes panel review with Addleshaws, DWF and Pinsents winning spots

27-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month. 

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This is what every GC needs on their CV

26-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

What are the key elements that every in-house counsel needs when applying for a general counsel role? The in-house panel at the Business Leadership conference unveils candidates’ biggest mistakes.

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Why LivaNova's merger was 2015's most complex life sciences deal

25-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.

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Capita completes panel review with Addleshaws, DWF and Pinsents winning spots

27-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month. 


North West local authorities search for £10m legal panel

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

The North West Legal Consortium (NWLC) has begun a review of its legal panel, which is valued at £10m and will run for four years.


BT plans chambers roster as it hunts for regional firms to join supplier network

18-Nov-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Telecoms giant BT plans to extend its network of preferred suppliers to include a roster of regional firms as well as launching a framework of preferred barristers’ chambers for the first time next year.


Pearson kicks off additional panel search for UK employment work

10-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Pearson is gearing up to appoint up to five firms to its new labour and employment panel, as it looks to finalise its first UK legal roster by the end of the year. 

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Galliford Try appoints 10 firms across its homebuilding and construction panels

5-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

It has emerged that leading construction and housebuilding company Galliford Try has reviewed its panel of external legal providers, increasing the number of firms it uses to 10.

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