Lend Lease promotes senior legal counsel Packer to EMEA GC

23-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Australian-headquartered construction giant Lend Lease has promoted senior legal counsel Mark Packer to the role of general counsel (GC) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Linked In

LinkedIn hires former Yahoo legal chief as its new general counsel

22-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function.


Serco appoints BT Global GC in wake of overcharging scandal

18-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco has hired BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh as its legal chief in the wake of accusations that it overcharged the Government for electronic tagging.


SRA begins hunt for inaugural GC in management overhaul

1-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is advertising for its first-ever general counsel in the wake of the appointment of Paul Philip as its chief executive.


Fremantle Media hires BBC Worldwide's Chalmers as new GC

1-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

TV company FremantleMedia has hired BBC Worldwide’s director of business & legal affairs, Robin Chalmers, as the replacement for retiring general counsel Sarah Tingay.

London Stock Exchange

Freshfields and A&O take top spots on Spire Healthcare IPO

25-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are advising on the flotation of private hospital group Spire Healthcare’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange.


Wonga to pay out £2.6m after sending debt collection letters from fake firms

25-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The UK’s biggest payday loans company, Wonga, is set to pay £2.6m compensation to about 45,000 customers after sending letters threatening legal action from non-existent law firms.


RBS drafts in Richard Susskind as firms put on standby for panel cull

23-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to change theorist Richard Susskind for advice on its next panel process, which is expected to result in its adviser roster being  reduced for a second time. 


In-house banking litigation teams reorganise to take back control

12-Jun-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Banks seem to have woken up to the idea that litigators are better together and have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly.

White cliffs of Dover

Crown Estate replaces head of legal as Peeke exits for Land Securities

12-Jun-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

The Crown Estate has appointed in-house solicitor Rob Booth as its new head of legal, replacing Alex Peeke who is set to exit for Land Securities.

In-House Interview


In-house Karen Kerrigan, Seedrs

28-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

When she found herself off work with back problems Simmons & Simmons associate Karen Kerrigan hatched a plan: she would leave the law and set up a community forum for people experiencing the same kind of pain as her.


In-house interview: Steven Webb, head of legal, Premier Farnell

21-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Service is the name of the game for Steven Webb, GC at IT distributor Premier Farnell

Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis, group GC, Abercrombie & Kent

14-Jul-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

He has a dream job at a luxury travel brand but prefers to work from his London desk – meet Michael Ellis, group general counsel at Abercrombie & Kent

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Panel Reviews


Eversheds wins first-time place on Vodafone's revamped UK panel

28-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds has joined the Vodafone panel for the first time following a review of the telecoms giant’s roster of legal advisers.

bp fuel

Bakers, Fieldfisher and Three Crowns among firms to win spots on BP’s niche panel

25-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

BP has appointed nine firms to its specialist legal panel, including Baker & McKenzie and Hill Dickinson.

High Court

DWF in High Court battle with Government over Insolvency Service tender

10-Jul-2014 | By Katy Dowell, Kate Beioley

DWF is gearing up for a High Court showdown with the Government over its decision to choose Shepherd and Wedderburn over the firm as an adviser to the Insolvency Service.

bp fuel

Fieldfisher loses out, Ashurst, Simmons and Addleshaws ushered in as BP unveils UK panel

9-Jul-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process.

British Library

British Library turns to Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough for employment advice

7-Jul-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Mills & Reeve and Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) are to give employment advice to the British Library after winning a mini-tender run by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC).

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