4 April 2016

In-house interview: Gita Parihar, Friends of the Earth

In the fight against climate change, much of the talk is about the practical ways of limiting the effects of global warming on our planet. But from an office building in south London, a small group of lawyers are trying to use their skills to help those affected by humanity’s impact on the planet.

In-house interview: Aviva GC Kirsty Cooper

Aviva general counsel Kirsty Cooper is celebrating her 25th year at the company this June. But the small Gloucestershire-based business she joined and the listed £45bn revenue insurance giant she helps manage today are worlds apart.

LMI analysis: ITV

For ITV 2015 was a profitable year. The UK’s biggest commercial terrestrial broadcaster achieved total revenue of £3.3bn, up from £2.9bn the previous year. Strong advertising, increased M&A activity and the continuing growth of its online, pay and interactive services has helped the broadcaster’s revenue climb 14 per cent in 12 months.

Business Leadership Awards: awards alumni – CMS

At last year’s The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards the firm that walked off with the Grand Prix Business Leadership Team of the Year prize was CMS, thanks largely to its move to tech-driven, open-plan offices in Cannon Place. CMS’s move was the culmination of a three-year programme of change that included its transformative merger with […]

SFO self-reporting concerns misplaced

Imagine you have a corporate client with a fraud or corruption issue. The client conducts its business responsibly. It has a code of ethics its leadership believes in. It wants to put its house in order and manage the associated risk. What do you advise? You won’t be surprised to read what my recommendation would […]

Moves: 4 April

Reed Smith arbitration partner Simon Sloane has joined Fieldfisher’s dispute resolution practice in London. Sloane has been Singapore-based since 2006, having joined Reed Smith in 2013 after a 17-year career at Holman Fenwick Willan. He focuses on the energy, construction and insurance industries.

Parabis lost: a cautionary tale

There’s a lot to digest in this week’s cover story. In short, the collapse of Parabis is a cautionary tale for management in any business, not just those in the admittedly tightly squeezed insurance sector. But, naturally, there are also insurance sector-specific issues here. For one thing insurance companies, and the legal services suppliers they […]

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