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Mitsubishi MUFG

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 […]

business people annoyed

“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 […]

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 […]

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