A festival of in-house talent

Bah-humbug to all the smug so and so’s off to Glastonbury this week. For the rest of us stuck in the office, put on some background folk music and get into the festival mood with the in-house lawyers headlining in The Lawyer this week.

Let’s start with the emerging talent tent. Here, Nationwide general counselLiz Kelly tells The Lawyer all about her legal academy, which launched 18 months ago and teaches top staff how to become future leaders (and rock stars, probably).

A stage to avoid might be the Unfairground, where Barclays’ external legal advisers are fearing widespread spending cutsby the bank’s legal function. Reports suggest the bank is looking to cut £2bn from its overall cost base of £20bn and could shrink staff headcount by as much as 30 per cent. Scary stuff, so let’s move to another arena.

The festival line-up ends with one of the party’s secrets, in this case some groundbreaking research published by The Lawyer (better than the Rolling Stones, we say) on the private equity worldand the in-housers making it tick.


None of the above has helped with our jealousy, but whatever. Enjoy the camping.

Also on The Lawyer:

  • Richard Vary of Nokia was named In-House Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last night, with other in-house teams taking home prizes including Virgin Money, Channel 4 and HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Asian fund management group Nikko Asset Management has namedRoss Long as its new chief legal officer
  • And Paul Moore, former risk analyst at HBOS who was dismissed for whistleblowing, has spoken exclusively to The Lawyer, calling on in-house counsel to lead corporate transparency