UK Government extends £430m roster for extra year

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has extended panel places to all firms on the Government’s legal services framework. The contract has been awarded until 30 November 2025. It was previously a three-year agreement, with the option to extend for a further 12 months at the discretion of the CCS. The framework agreement consists of a […]

In-house interview: Moneysupermarket GC Shazadi Stinton

When asked if she enjoys working at price comparison service Moneysupermarket Group, general counsel Shazadi Stinton’s response is resoundingly upbeat: “I could tell you a list of 100 reasons why I love Moneysupermarket and they would all be true. “It’s just a really wonderful company, and it’s one of the few places where the work […]


North East council panel drops 17 firms from £100m roster

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) has drastically reduced its legal services panel, cutting 17 firms from its £100m roster. The new panel – effective from 3 June 2024 to 2 June 2028 – features 18 firms, down from the previous 29. New additions to the panel include Bird & Bird, Brodies, Devonshires, TLT and […]

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Nine firms win roles on MUFG’s new panel

Japanese-headquartered Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has appointed nine firms to its EMEA legal panel. Magic circle firms A&O Shearman, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have been reappointed to the panel, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie. New firms to make the cut include Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, Latham & Watkins […]

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“Where is the money coming from?” Clients react to NQ salary hikes

Salary increases across the City for newly-qualified lawyers has brought into sharp focus how much in-house lawyers are willing to pay for external counsel. Last week, US firm Goodwin upped its salary for NQs to £175,000 from £161,500. In May, Freshfields, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and A&O Shearman all boosted its pay for NQs by £25,000 […]

Designing a transaction management tool with GLP Capital Partners

Alternative asset management business GLP Capital Partners began its journey into legal operations with general counsel Rachel Walker working on projects off the side of her desk, generally outside of working hours. She began to focus on how to ensure the legal function was fit for the future. “You reach a crux point where you can […]

Payment platform GC joins Thunes

The general counsel of Coda Payments has been hired by money movement group Thunes after just eight months at the business. Ruwan De Soyza will oversee all legal, compliance and secretariat affairs at Thunes, leading a team across a broad range of practice areas, including payment regulation, licensing, compliance, M&A and commercial contracts. He will […]

Post Office

The Post Office scandal is making GCs reflect on their ethical role

“I wonder at what point might I have gone to the chairman,” remarks an in-houser on the long-running scandal that has engulfed the Post Office. “Walking away from a highly paid role and painting a picture [of yourself] as a troublemaker takes a certain amount of courage. I wouldn’t be quick to criticise those who […]

Housing street

Fifteen firms win spots on £30m housing association panel

Sanctuary Housing Association has awarded panel places to the likes of Gowling WLG, Mills & Reeve and Bevan Brittan. The total value of the panel is £30m. Trowers & Hamlins, Weightmans and Brodies have also won spots at the Worcester-based housing provider, alongside Capsticks, Clarke Willmott and Burness Paul. A total of 15 firms have been […]

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Ted Baker GC pleas for team support after retailer’s collapse

The general counsel of British clothing retailer Ted Baker has shared a heartfelt post on social media supporting her team, who are looking for new roles after the business fell into administration in early March. General counsel Alison Beveridge said: “As we near the end of the administration of Ted Baker, the upcoming sale to […]

Clifford Chance and Slaughters win spots on British Business Bank panel

Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May are among the firms to have been appointed to a new legal roster announced by Government-owned British Business Bank, which provides support to small businesses. Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have made the list on the specific structured finance panel, alongside Ashurst, Norton Rose Fulbright and Simmons and […]