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.

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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.

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

Xu Yao

​In-house interview: Xu Yao, international general counsel, Fosun Group

28-Sep-2015 | By Yun Kriegler

Overseeing transactions valued at a combined £9bn a year, Fosun international GC Xu Yao says the investment group can be both a rewarding and a gruellingly demanding client for external firms.

Kate Cheetham

In-house interview: Lloyds Bank GC Kate Cheetham

21-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The role of the ‘legal community’ is evolving at Lloyds Banking Group, but group GC Kate Cheetham is at home in the ever-changing world of banking.

Sean Martin FCA

In-house interview: Sean Martin, Financial Conduct Authority

21-Sep-2015 | By Margaret Taylor

During a career that’s included an unusually hard-working hiatus in post-handover Hong Kong, the FCA’s Sean Martin has remained keenly aware of the importance of sensible spending.

James Jordan

In-house interview: James Jordan, Taylor Wimpey

14-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

GC James Jordan on the importance of client ‘kudos’, and how firms should go about being picked for a place on housebuilder Taylor Wimpey’s panel.

Alison Yapp AMEC

In-house interview: Alison Yapp, Amec Foster Wheeler

11-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

A merger requiring 1,200 pages of shareholder information in 19 iterations is something Amec Foster Wheeler GC Alison Yapp takes in her stride.


In-house interview: A.P. Møller – Maersk group GC Christian Kledal

7-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Christian Kledal has gained valuable business acumen on his way to becoming group general counsel of A.P. Møller – Maersk.


In-house interview: Schroders GC Howard Trust

7-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

Howard Trust is uncompromising about his legal team’s contribution to making Schroders the largest listed fund manager in the UK.


In-house interview: Kristin Campbell, Hilton Worldwide

3-Aug-2015 | By Katy Dowell

As legal boss of Hilton Worldwide, Kristin Campbell has guided the $10bn hospitality giant through an IPO, honed a 350-strong set of external advisers to 35 and is now putting the finishing touches to an expansion plan


In-house interview: Amanda Hamilton-Stanley, Chivas Brothers

27-Jul-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

In the highly regulated drinks industry, the experienced Chivas GC says keeping an eye on the marketing arm in the digital age is a growing challenge 


The in-house interview: Ofqual director of legal Natalie Prosser

20-Jul-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Every day is exam day for Ofqual’s director of legal Natalie Prosser, who has had to deal with regulatory infrastructure, litigation over grade boundaries, and building her own team.

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RPC hires Worldpay corporate GC

5-Oct-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

RPC has hired Worldpay corporate general counsel Matthew Griffith as a partner in its corporate insurance and financial services team.


VimpelCom launches first global panel review under new GC

30-Sep-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Netherlands telecoms giant VimpelCom has launched its first panel review since the appointment of general counsel Scott Dresser last year.

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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces as Whitbread legal chief

29-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan has landed a role at Whitbread as company secretary and general counsel.

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Ten rules for partners dealing with GCs, according to BT and HSBC

25-Sep-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The first day of The Lawyer Business Leadership Summit saw HSBC associate general counsel Gary Partington and BT director of compliance Gareth Tipton call for firms to adopt ten “commandments of the general counsel”.

Keith Ruddock Weir

Weir Group GC's retirement sparks search for successor

24-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Weir Group’s general counsel and company secretary Keith Ruddock is to retire from the Scottish engineering company at the end of 2015. 

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VimpelCom launches first global panel review under new GC

30-Sep-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Netherlands telecoms giant VimpelCom has launched its first panel review since the appointment of general counsel Scott Dresser last year.

British American Tobacco

BAT kicks off panel review after merger of legal and corporate affairs

15-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

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 his appointment to the role in May.

Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey prepares for panel review

14-Sep-2015 | By Katy Dowell

UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey is gearing up for a panel review with pitching firms under pressure to find methods for collaborative working.


BBC puts panel review on hold but considers expanding roster

9-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The BBC has put its scheduled panel review on hold due to a raft of external pressures on its legal team including a reduced budget, proposed cuts to services and the Government threat to abolish the licence fee.


Blake Morgan and Browne Jacobson win big on £60m Welsh Government legal framework

8-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Blake Morgan and Browne Jacobson have come out on top after winning the most seats within the Welsh Government’s £60m legal panel.

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