Gabriella Kane

Gabriella is a reporter at The Lawyer. She covers corporate and real estate.

GC roundtable: How to store data effectively

The over retention of data poses numerous risks and added costs, especially around privacy, security, and GDPR compliance. But removing the blockers for data disposal and implementing a robust records management and information governance program is no easy feat. In-house counsel and records management teams of companies across every industry are struggling to remove barriers […]

Inmarsat loses second in-houser in a year

Inmarsat’s VP for legal affairs has taken on a new role at a business advisory company, six months after the departure of general counsel Trudy Cooke. Christian Fahey joins Washington-headquartered Ankura as executive director and associate GC for EMEA and APAC as its first international lawyer, after nearly five years at satellite company Inmarsat. In […]


Dentons cuts roles after business services consultation

Dentons has completed its business services consultation, resulting in over 60 voluntary redundancies. The consultation was launched at the beginning of the year and impacted up to 87 roles. Dentons confirmed that 67 employees (35 secretaries and 32 business services staff) opted for voluntary redundancy while two roles were cut. In addition, six secretaries and 14 […]

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William Hill appoints new GC after £2.9bn Caesars takeover

William Hill has appointed a new general counsel after it was acquired by Caesars for nearly £3bn earlier this year. Verity Young has taken on the GC and company secretary post from Simon Callander, who is now acting as a consultant for Caesars around the on-sale of William Hill’s non-US business. Caesars made clear that […]

Senior M&A lawyer swaps HSBC for Norton Rose Fulbright

HSBC has lost another senior in-house lawyer, with general counsel for group M&A moving to Norton Rose Fulbright. Chris Thornes joins Norton Rose as a consultant after seven years serving as GC for group M&A at the bank. Before HSBC, Thornes was a partner at Allen & Overy between 2002 to 2012, having began his […]

DLA lures real estate partner from Dentons

Dentons real estate partner Bonnie Calnan is set to move to DLA Piper after just two years, The Lawyer can reveal. Calnan moved to Dentons from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) in 2019, hot on the tracks of fellow BCLP-lifer Deepa Deb. Deb was appointed head of UK real estate at Dentons last March. Calnan […]

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Clarion Housing Group launches £40m panel

Clarion Housing Group is seeking firms for a new £40m panel, which will span the course of a decade. Clarion is the largest social housing group in the UK with 350,000 residents living in its homes. It is also a member of the G15 group of London’s biggest landlords. The selected firms will provide legal […]

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“Cumbersome” structure dropped in Irwin Mitchell reshuffle

Irwin Mitchell is disbanding its three divisions as part of a firmwide reorganisation. The firm’s personal injury, business legal services and private wealth divisions will now sit within two teams: client services and commercial growth. Speaking to The Lawyer, group CEO Andrew Tucker said that the shift is to ensure one client experience across the […]

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Costa Coffee names new legal chief

Costa Coffee has appointed a new general counsel following the retirement of former GC Russell Fairhurst. Long-serving in-house lawyer Fairhurst had been GC at Costa since 2018, upon its sale from Whitbread to Coca Cola. He had been at Whitbread for 26 years, including serving as legal director and deputy company secretary for nearly 22 […]


Addleshaws hires Irwin Mitchell’s ex-construction head

Addleshaw Goddard has strengthened its construction capability with the hire of Irwin Mitchell’s former City practice head. Gordon Anderson moves across from Irwin Mitchell, which he joined in 2016 to lead its construction, engineering and infrastructure practice in London. He had previously been a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, from 2011 to 2016, and […]

Over 180 Shoosmiths staff transfer over to new JV

Shoosmiths has spun out its volume recoveries business, with a large team of qualified lawyers and support staff moving over to work on the new venture. The firm has launched Equivo with collections, recoveries and enforcement business Chartsbridge. Shoosmiths’ chief executive Simon Boss said the reasoning behind the creation of Equivo was that there was […]


HSBC hires ex-Slaughters lawyer for M&A legal role

HSBC has brought in an associate general counsel of M&A from AXA. Shawn Carrington has joined the bank as associate GC of group M&A, eight months after the position was vacated by Graham Kirk. Kirk moved to British aerospace manufacturing company Cobham, where he serves as GC and company secretary, last October. At HSBC, Kirk […]