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SFO bribery head: deferred prosecution agreements "not the answer to everything"

2-Dec-2015 | By Joanne Harris

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).


Managing Risk and Mitigating Litigation: This is what the future looks like

1-Dec-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

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.

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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.

In-house counsel as business partner panel

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.

life sciences

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.


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.

Galit Gonen

Teva Europe’s Gonen: How to be a business partner without losing your in-house identity

19-Nov-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

In-house counsel can go too far in their search to becoming the perfect business partner, according to Teva Europe general counsel Galit Gonen.

In-House Interview

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. 

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.

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.

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Panel Reviews


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. 

House building

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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