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William Hill’s GC on balancing regulation, the gambling boom and social responsibility

As gambling comes under ever-increasing scrutiny from regulators, internal and external colleagues offer invaluable advice to William Hill’s Michael Leadbeater William Hill is one of the UK’s largest betting companies with annual revenues of nearly £2bn. The group employs 16,000 people and has about 2,300 high street shops nationally. The FTSE 250 company has also […]

In-house news


Eight firms win EDF panel spots as roster drops 50%

Energy company EDF Energy has completed its panel review, cutting its roster down by nearly 50 per cent to eight firms. Freshly-merged firms Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are new additions to the panel, The Lawyer can reveal. When the wheels of the review were still in rotation, BCLP […]

BT panel firms to gain another year as review stalls

BT has put its global legal panel on hold yet again, in a move that looks likely to put it over a year behind schedule, The Lawyer has learned. A major reason behind the decision to delay was the appointment of new general counsel Sabine Chalmers, who came in to lead the FTSE 100 company’s […]

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Homes England ramps up panel advisers in latest review

Homes England (formerly known as the Homes and Communities Agency) has completed its panel review, adding five firms to its £30m roster. A total of thirteen firms have been appointed the Government housing investment authority’s panel, with firms allocated into two lots. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons, which have been on the panel […]

HighQ Roundtable

HighQ Roundtable: GCs reveal their tech gripes

Technology and innovation are frequently spoken about with little differentiation around an increasingly populated market. GCs ability to utilise their relationships and develop new solutions to old problems can create some of the most interesting solutions on the market.

Case studies

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Hyundai case study: Car trouble

Hyundai’s legal team turned a problem with greydealers into a brand and financial win-win for its customers and the business. Here’s how In early 2016, members of the sales department at car manufacturer Hyundai began to notice something odd: the official registration data from various countries, in particular France, showed a significant increase in the […]

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The Invicta story: How Geoff Wild revolutionised public sector legal services

Rooting out the legal team’s civil servant mentality and spendthrift ways was head of Kent County Council in-house team Geoff Wild’s original ­intention. Twenty years on and he has revolutionised public sector provision. This is the story of Invicta Law Invicta Law’s journey from troubled in-house legal team to profitable alternative business structure (ABS) providing […]

The lawyers behind Veon’s digital transformation

       IN ASSOCIATION WITH Prompted by a declining global telecommunications industry and a hefty fine by the US and Dutch authorities over a bribery probe in Uzbekistan, Russian-backed and Amsterdam-headquartered telecoms giant VimpelCom has embarked on a global-scale business transformation. It has been moving away from the traditional infrastructure provider model and reinventing itself […]

Royal Mail

Royal Mail automation plan: from NDAs to commercial agreements

Like many companies, Royal Mail’s in-house team must deal with the competing demands of costs challenges and increased demand for legal advice from the business. How might legal technology drive efficiency? This case study examines Royal Mail’s project to automate as much legal workflow as possible and empower the business people to do more for […]

Latest briefings

Nigeria’s power sector weathers the bankability storm

By Nicholas Okafor, Adeola Sunmola and Martins Inyang Credit enhancement tools, a programme involving the World Bank Group and foreign exchange reforms are intended to boost Nigeria’s electricity supply industry…

Artificial intelligence in the workplace: Employment law perspective

By Darran Brennan As with any change to workplaces, employment law will follow. Employment lawyers and the Irish legislature need to consider how current employment law in Ireland may need to adapt to harness the full potential of AI for Irish businesses and, also, to protect employees. William Fry will investigate these issues in a series […]

Push Payment Fraud: Update Spring 2018

On 7 November 2017, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) issued a consultation paper in relation to ‘authorised push payments’ [1], which considered how financial institutions deal with push payment fraud, as well as how customers are compensated once a fraud has taken place.  (The paper referred to all ‘payment service providers’, who enable the transfer of […]

The right to be forgotten: What we know now

By Jane Ashford-Thom There are still significant uncertainties as to the scope of the right to be forgotten. One of these uncertainties was whether it applies to historic convictions, particularly where they are deemed ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The position has been clarified in the widely publicised case of ‘NT1’ and ‘NT2’ […]

Embracing change: a critical element to Guernsey’s success

Guernsey has continued to be an exceptionally successful jurisdiction with a high standard of living, enviable quality of life and buoyant economy throughout the vast majority of the last four decades… …That outward facing posture led to Guernsey introducing a comprehensive regulatory framework for all investment activities and investment funds as far back as 1987, […]

New Serbian law on foreigners adopted

In March 2018, the new Serbian Law on Foreigners was adopted, replacing the 2008 version of this law ­ in force until recently without any amendments. The new law will enter into force on 3 October 2018. While retaining the general concept of the previous law, the new legislation introduces certain novelties in terms of […]

Was 2017 another difficult year for Kazakhstan?

In this article, Shaimerden Chikanayev outlines some of the key legal developments and challenges faced by the Islamic finance market in Kazakhstan in 2017 and provides an overview of some of the major factors that will shape the Islamic finance industry’s growth and trends in Kazakhstan in 2018…

Russia: Federal law sanctions against the US

On 16 April 2018, the Council of the State Duma approved for consideration the draft Federal Law ‘On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and (or) other Foreign States’ developed by a group of deputies…

Ontario court upholds choice by Alberta guarantors

By Olivia Lifman In a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court addressed whether or not it could assume jurisdiction over two guarantors in Alberta who had signed guarantees in favour of an Ontario lender company…

Indigenous banking: A new niche

By Kelly Campagnola As First Nations continue to settle outstanding grievances with the federal government, and enter into lucrative revenue sharing agreements, the fast­emerging niche of Indigenous or Aboriginal banking has become an incredibly competitive segment of business for Canadian financial institutions…

British Columbia: Employment Standards Amendment Act 2018

By Jonathan J. Lam On April 12, 2018, Bill 6, Employment Standards Amendment Act 2018 passed third reading in the BC Legislature and will come into force on royal assent. The bill contains amendments to the BC Employment Standards Act (“ESA”), including the introduction of new and extended statutorily­protected leaves of absence. This bulletin will provide […]

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