All’s well that ends well in RSC’s first legal panel

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has named Foot Anstey and Mills & Reeve as its inaugural panel firms, beating shortlisted Freeths and Wright Hassall for the top spots (see full story here).

The theatre company launched the panel process in March 2014, a year after Marina Zain’s appointment as RSC general counsel.

These new appointments mean that RSC will shun firms used in the past, including previous real estate advisers Ashurst and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Zain confirmed during an interview with The Lawyer that she would want firms to commit to a percentage of pro bono work and added: “It’s probably going to be based on a percentage, but I’m not sure how I’m going to put that forward yet.”

It is likely that Weil Gotshal & Manges’ pro bono work spared it the axe, with Zain implying that it would be retained for RSC work in the US.

So with her law firms tamed, all is well ended for this particular panel review.

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