SRA

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.

BBC

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

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

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. 

money

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.

Aeroplane

African airline turns to ex-Clyde & Co whistleblower partner for GC

4-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof, who claimed she was dismissed from the firm for blowing the whistle on a colleague, is joining African airline FastJet as group general counsel.

Wizz Air

Budget airline Wizz Air hands corporate responsibilities to GC

4-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Wizz Air’s general counsel Owain Jones will now manage the low-cost airline’s human resources, communications and public relations arm as well as its legal function.

Nasa

One giant leap for Nasa with first GC change in a decade

3-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has named a new general counsel for the first time in a decade following the retirement of current GC Michael Wholley.

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Brown

PayPal UK and Ireland head of legal, Tom Brown

7-Jul-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Online payment specialist PayPal is innovative and dynamic, and that’s how Tom Brown, UK and Ireland head of legal, demands his team to be too

Yoo

In-house interview: Yoo group GC, Geraldine Mirabile

30-Jun-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

When creative maestro Philippe Starck’s interior design vehicle Yoo invited Geraldine Mirabile to be group GC, she wondered whether she would be cool enough. No problem, as it turned out

Clayton

In-house: Amcor GC Damien Clayton

23-Jun-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

In the regulators’ sights and with plants on the Russia-Ukraine border, Amcor’s tobacco packaging division needs all the help it can get from GC Damien Clayton 

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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).

Barclays

A&O, Freshfields, Hogan Lovells, and Simmons among firms taking spots on Barclays' reduced panel

1-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Barclays has chopped its global panel by 30 per cent after unveiling a new-look structure made up of general and preferred advisers.

Virgin

A&O, Herbies and Macfarlanes keep Virgin panel spots after review

24-Jun-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith Freehills and Macfarlanes are among eight firms to have retained positions of Virgin Group’s panel following an informal review.

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