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Top tips for litigation: ThinkHouse foundations

Understanding what you need to do when faced with the prospect of litigation is essential for in-house counsel. In this webinar Ana Lelliott provides her top tips for dealing with commercial disputes, discusses when to litigate or consider alternative options and provides a quick refresher on privilege and without prejudice.

Ontario Court of Appeal confirms: No cap on Family Law Act damages in Ontario

In Moore v 7595611 Canada Corp, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that there is no maximum cap for loss of care, guidance and companionship damages under the Family Law Act in Ontario. Family members (spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, or siblings) of an injured or deceased person can seek these damages in a tort claim where the injury or death occurred due to the fault or negligence of another person.


Balfour Beatty hires new general counsel from Tesco

UK Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is to bring in a new general counsel from Tesco ahead of the impending retirement of current head David Mercer. Tesco’s legal director of finance, corporate and technology Jonathan Lagan will take on the position, after nearly a decade at the supermarket. He was formerly a senior associate in Shearman […]

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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces as Whitbread legal chief

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan has landed a role at Whitbread as company secretary and general counsel. Vaughan takes over from Simon Barratt, who has stepped down from the position after 18 years. Barratt will continue to work on a part time basis at Whitbread as Chairman of Costa’s […]


Balfour Beatty GC: Outside track

Taking a radical approach to outsourcing helped Chris Vaughan, GC at infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty, build a legal function fit for a complicated world When Balfour Beatty general counsel Chris Vaughan arrived at the company five years ago, inheriting a diverse group of external firms totalling around 200 globally, he did the usual things. There […]

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Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters advise Balfour Beatty on $1.24bn buyout of its US division

Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters have advised on the sale of Balfour Beatty’s US professional services division Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for $1.24bn. Balfour Beatty was advised by Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in the US and Linklaters in the UK. MoFo M&A partner Mark Wojciechowski led the negotiations together with corporate partner Tom Knox; tax […]

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Ex-Superdry GC lands new role at betting giant William Hill

The former general counsel of retailer Superdry had landed a new role at betting company William Hill. Simon Callander, who had been at Superdry for just over two years and departed the company in early 2020, started at William Hill on the 16 March. Upon his departure from Superdry, Ruth Daniels joined the retailer as […]

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