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General counsel and in-house legal teams news, interviews and best practice case studies.

GC Strategy Summit 2018

GC2B: Managing external and internal legal teams in a global world

At The Lawyer‘s recent General Counsel Strategy Summit, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BLCP) hosted a round table on the topic ‘managing external and internal legal teams in a global world’, talking about the shaping of legal resources to business objectives, structures and diversity. BCLP partners Jonathan Morris & Rémy Blain led nine senior in-house lawyers […]

In-house news

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola takes scythe to panel with over 70 firms cut

Bottling giant Coca-Cola European Partners has drastically reduced the size of its legal roster, selecting nearly 30 advisers from a panel of over 100. The panel is the first to be carried out under the leadership of general counsel Clare Wardle, who joined from Kingfisher in 2016. She joined the company a year after it […]

Heathrow

Heathrow to unveil new panel as battle looms over third runway

A host of firms are awaiting Heathrow Airport’s decision on its panel firms, with the construction of its controversial £14bn third runway set to reel in rich pickings for the chosen providers. Heathrow is currently in the early stages of a review of its core legal panel, which will cover general commercial work relating to contracts, […]

Beardsell

GVC legal head makes post-merger move to Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle has appointed a new general counsel as current GC Robert Gibber steps down after nearly 30 years at the helm of the prominent British ingredients brand. Lindsay Beardsell will take on the role of executive vice president and general counsel at Tate & Lyle from 17 September 2018. Consisting of a team of […]

BT legal veteran to take on new role at biomedical centre

BT’s former group general counsel Dan Fitz is to take up a new role at The Francis Crick Institute, a London-based biomedical research centre. The move comes after Fitz handed over the reins of BT’s legal team to the former GC of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev) Sabine Chalmers. She took over in April, while Fitz has […]

London

Clydes replaced by insurance rival on London boroughs panel

Five firms have won spots on the freshly reviewed Insurance London Consortium (ILC) panel, servicing work to seven of the capital city’s boroughs until 2023. BLM, Browne Jacobson, DAC Beachcroft, DWF and Plexus Law will share the £7.5m-valued panel for the next five years with Clyde & Co the only major casualty from the last […]

Leigh Murrin

PayPal announces new EMEA head of legal

PayPal has appointed a new head of legal in the EMEA region, coinciding with the third anniversary of the online payment giant’s split from eBay. Leigh Murrin joined Paypal yesterday (30 July 2018) as its head of legal in the EMEA region, based in Luxembourg. She replaces David Ferri, who has been in the role […]

Case studies

Travers Smith’s Dunkirk spirit during an 18-month office overhaul

Travers Smith has not moved offices. It has not abandoned its treasured room-sharing system for open plan. But someone walking into 10 Snow Hill, where Travers has been based since 1990, would be forgiven for thinking they had lost their way. The firm has recently completed a total refurbishment of its offices, all while keeping […]

Latest in-house briefings

Longer term tenancies? Potential implications for lenders

Walker Morris’ Housing and Banking Litigation experts Karl Anders, Justin Coley and Sandip Singh explain the UK government’s consultation on introducing longer-term tenancies in the private rented sector, with a particular focus on potential impacts for lenders…

Assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit: FCA publishes final rules and guidance

The results of a large-scale survey by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2017 indicated, among other things, that: 75% of UK adults had one or more consumer credit products or loans in the previous 12 months; 4.1 million people were “in difficulty” because they had already failed to pay domestic bills or meet credit […]

Open Banking, fintech and the Brexit hokey cokey

By Miles Trower London is, arguably, the most important global hub for financial services. As a result, the consequences of the Brexit vote, the ensuing uncertainty and the eventual transitional and regulatory framework applying to UK financial services and how it will continue to access overseas markets has been subject to huge speculation. Much of […]

FCA consultation on a Global Financial Innovation Network

By Russell Kelsall On 7 August 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation on the creation of a Global Financial Innovation consultation. With innovation in the global financial services market rapidly increasing, it is important for firms to consider the options for building, implementing and sharing experiences of digital solutions.

Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

At the end of July, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) published its first decision on retention periods applying the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’; DSB-D216.471/0001-DSB/2018). The decision is final. The DPA had to decide for which period a provider of telecommunications services (hereinafter: the ‘controller’) may (respectively must) retain so-called master data, required for […]

Switzerland maintains its globally leading position in international arbitration

By Michael Feit Switzerland has a long-standing tradition to serve as the seat for international disputes. Thanks to its very arbitration friendly legal framework, and overall encouraging factors such as Switzerland’s neutrality, stability and business-friendly environment, Switzerland has remained a top choice for international arbitration for parties from all over the world…

New provisions concerning critical infrastructure in Romania

By Irina Radu One of the major objectives of the EU is reducing the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure and increasing their resilience. An adequate level of protection must be ensured and the harmful effects of disruptions on the society and citizens must be limited as far as possible. Critical infrastructures extend across many sectors of the […]

CEE: Keeping track of data processing

By Gelu Maravela and Daniel Alexie Depending on the size of the operator, the frequency of processing activities, and the character of the data that is processed, keeping records of all processing activity should be deemed necessary for a considerable number of operators. From our point of view, only operators that process personal data in […]

Kazakhstan introduces new ‘Squeeze-Out’ mechanism for major shareholders

On 2 July 2018, Kazakhstan adopted the Law No. 166­VI “On amendments and changes to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, the Securities Market” (the “Law”). The Law entered into force on 15 July 2018 (with the exception of certain provisions, which will come into force later). Among […]

Amendments to the Hungarian Data Protection Act

By Dorottya Gindl The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted legislation with the aim of harmonising the national data protection rules with the rules of the GDPR, and supplementing the national rules in areas not regulated by the GDPR. The Parliament adopted Act XXXVIII of 2018 (“Amendment“) in an extraordinary session and the new regulations entered […]

Changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief: What do you need to know?

By Mark Braude A significant and welcome change to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) rules was announced in the Finance Bill 2019 last month. It is aimed at shareholders who would otherwise lose their entitlement to ER as a result of being diluted below the 5% required shareholding…

FCA publishes evaluation of Guaranteed Asset Protection intervention

By Alanna Tregear The Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) said, as part of its 2018/2019 Business Plan, it wished to investigate the effectiveness and impact of its interventions into certain markets and industries. The FCA intends to conduct three pilot evaluations, the first being an evaluation of the FCA’s September 2015 intervention into GAP insurance. […]

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