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.

Michael Lee

In-house interview: Numis Securities managing director and GC Michael Lee

19-Oct-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Numis Securities has bucked the trend in financial services, growing revenues and taking on 38 equity deals in the past year. GC Michael Lee discusses the impact on his role and team.

Ken Woodier

In-house interview: Ken Woodier, Pennon Group

12-Oct-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

Mere months before retiring, the GC of Pennon Group Ken Woodier tells The Lawyer about 18 years spent working for an acquisitive FTSE 250 company and why he prizes personal relationships over panels.

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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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In-house counsel as business partner: How to be the perfect GC

24-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

On the first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference, speakers focused on the qualities that CEOs look for in their general counsel and why in-house counsel need to be more commercial. 


Ashurst rakes in £12m on Crossrail development work

23-Nov-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Ashurst has continued to rake in the lion’s share of legal fees on the development of the Crossrail network, with earnings of £2.4m during the last financial year.


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.


Rolls-Royce promotes Gregory to GC as Webb returns to Brick Court

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Rolls-Royce has promoted its head of legal Mark Gregory to the role of general counsel, with former legal chief Robert Webb QC set to rejoin Brick Court Chambers as an arbitrator.

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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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China’s Ministry of Commerce concludes first panel review

4-Nov-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) has completed its first panel review, two years after first instituting a formal roster. 

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