The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) joint head of bribery and corruption, Ben Morgan, issued a warning to lawyers yesterday (1 December) that the body will continue to prosecute companies for wrongdoing despite a successful first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA).
Aon Risk EMEA chief counsel Richard Ferris kicked off The Lawyer’s Managing Risk and Mitigating Litigation event by telling delegates in-house counsel are ”still learning risks the hard way”, because not enough money or time is dedicated to understanding and dealing with corporate risk.
Telecoms retail giant Dixons Carphone will launch its first formal panel process in December 2015, with the aim to “formalise external legal relationships”.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In-house counsel can go too far in their search to becoming the perfect business partner, according to Teva Europe general counsel Galit Gonen.
Lisa Gan Tomlins took lessons learned from JustEat to fast-paced ecommerce business Made.com, then unlearned the rigid translation of law picked up in private practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.