Energetic lawyers needed for EDF panel review

It’s all change at EDF as the company gears up for its latest panel review , replacing its usual two-year roster with one of three years at the beginning of next year.

Baker & McKenzie , legacy Squire Sanders and legacy Herbert Smith all went up for it in 2010 and are thought to have put their names in the hat again.

Apart from the longer timeline not much has changed – general counsel Guido Santi is said to expect all firms to sign up to fixed discounted rates of up to 30 per cent and additional volume discounts.

It is certainly a departure from the way rival companies organise their legal needs. At the end of last year Pinsent Masons beat 40 firms to take Eon’s sole provider contract. Meanwhile Essar Energy , a FTSE 250 company, is in the midst of a radical restructure following its controversial listing this year.

On the (loose) theme of energy, Richard Brousson needs a lot of it as general counsel for the British Film Institute.

The film buff spends most of his time balancing the needs of a government-owned charity with the corporate giants who make up its sponsors.  He’ll be doing a lot of that this week as the London Film Festival kicks off – check out our interview for Brousson’s tips of what to see.

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