In-House

BT tower

BT adds magic circle firm to 11-strong panel

BT has further shrunk its panel for the third review in a row having appointed a total of 11 firms to its roster. The panel will run for three years and includes 10 firms that have been reappointed from 2020.   Those continuing their relationship with BT after the latest review are the likes of Allen […]

barclays

Barclays exodus: 44 lawyers leave as strategic overhaul kicks in

Barclays lost 44 lawyers in its legal team over 2023, almost four times the average number of leavers across the UK’s top banks. The banks with the second highest number of leavers is tied between HSBC and NatWest, with 12 lawyer exits each, according to indicative data. On the other end of the scale, Royal […]

Zurich

UBS and Zurich swap lawyers in new secondment scheme

Two Swiss powerhouses have collaborated to offer their in-house legal teams a two-way secondment programme. Private bank UBS and insurer Zurich Insurance have agreed to swap two secondees each for a three-month placement. Intakes happen in the spring and autumn of each year, meaning that four secondment swaps occur per year. The programme is spearheaded […]

SocGen

Société Générale GC exits after 17 years

European bank Société Générale has lost its general counsel after 17 years at the business. Sarah Linstead has announced that she has left the bank for financial services firm TP ICAP as general counsel for EMEA. Lindsay Sides, chief operating officer in the London legal department at Société Générale, has stepped up to fill the […]

Santander

City firms bag spots on Santander’s shrunken roster

Santander has cut its UK panel by five following the bank’s latest review of its roster. Originally a panel of 19, the roster of firms has been cut to 14. Firms that have made the cut include Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy, as well as Hogan Lovells and Addleshaw Goddard. A source told […]

tesco supermarket

Tesco GC steps down after 11 years

Supermarket giant Tesco is on the hunt for a new group general counsel following Adrian Morris’s departure after 11 years in the role. Morris is set to move to consumer healthcare company Haleon, which demerged from GSK in 2022. Morris joined Tesco in 2012 from BP, where he held the role of associate general counsel. […]

Judi Gadsby, Goodwood

A trip to Goodwood: GC preps for motorsport history

For legal head Judi Gadsby, a lunchtime walk through the Goodwood Estate, with her golden retriever in tow, is one of the many perks of her day job. The 300-year-old estate is the seat of the Duke of Richmond and comprises nearly 11,000 hectares of land in Chichester, West Sussex. As head of legal at […]

Camilla Waite, PPL

PPL’s top lawyer on the challenges of music licensing

“Everyone is a music lover at PPL,” says Camilla Waite, general counsel of the music licensing company. Waite keeps her interests broad: her pre-lawyer days were spent running middle distance for the junior GB team. She details the galvanising process of training for Team GB, likening the bonds created to that of a training contract. Now, […]

Football

FIFA seeks new recruits ahead of Miami office move

Four senior in-housers have quit football organisation FIFA over the last couple of months for new general counsel positions. The governance body is now recruiting for the four in-house legal positions, including a new head of commercial partnerships, a head of digital and technology, a senior counsel for esports and digital, and a senior counsel […]

Bloomer

Howden mourns loss of top lawyer

Will Bloomer, Howden’s chief corporate and legal affairs officer, has passed away, with the insurer today paying tribute to its late legal head. Howden said in an announcement that Bloomer died suddenly and unexpectedly last week, and his survived by his wife Nikki and children. In a statement, Howden CEO David Howden said: “Bloomer’s impact […]