TL 2 March 2015

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Belgian food giant Delhaize promotes Europe and Asia GC Dechamps to top job

Belgian food retailer Delhaize has promoted deputy general counsel Philippe Dechamps to the role of global general counsel and corporate secretary, following the departure of Maura Abeln Smith last year. Dechamps was previously general counsel for Europe and Asia at Delhaize. He joined the company in 2008 from Abbott Laboratories, where he was director of […]

Cherie Blair welcomed to Belgrade with disputes seminar

On the occasion of Cherie Blair visiting Belgrade Karanović & Nikolić, in partnership with Omnia Strategy, are organising a seminar called ‘Dealing with Disputes – leading international and local dispute resolution experts guide you through the process’ , on 13 March. Keynote speakers will include Blair, a leading disputes lawyer with more than 35 years’ international experience, and […]

Matt Byrne

The big squeeze on office costs

Are you reading this while snugly ensconced in your warehouse-sized corner office? Does that make you a dinosaur? Yep, probably. In the past few years the price-driven, property-related mantra in law firms has been “save money”. Yes, offices should be light, airy, ergonomic and packed with bromeliads but, ultimately, firm leaders care most about intensifying […]

Boris Johnson

Value a system that inspires the world

Legal order that “guarantees good” must be properly funded, says Boris Johnson. Legal order that “guarantees good” must be properly funded, says Boris Johnson. Last week’s Global Law Summit (GLS) was billed as an event to showcase the best of the UK’s legal profession and, in three packed days, it largely lived up to the […]

Mark Brandon

Brandon: Ethical implications and the rule of law

The law may traditionally be blind, but today’s firms should carefully consider their ethical stance when choosing which companies to act for. Much has been made of the role of global enterprise to impact and influence the progress of the world economy. When 1,100 people were killed in Bangladesh in a garment factory collapse in […]

real estate

Rental arithmetic: how the UK’s top firms are managing their property

Despite a growing momentum in favour of alternative and ‘agile’ working models, many firms are still struggling to find a way to fit their working practices around reducing their property costs. It is three years since The Lawyer started collecting real estate data from law firms as part of the research for the annual UK […]


Data security: How to respond to clients’ ‘more assertive’ demands

Good management is paramount for law firms as clients increasingly demand a more proactive approach to data. What do you see as the most significant concerns clients currently have in relation to how their data is being managed by law firms? Nathan Hayes, IT director, Osborne Clarke: Simply put, that it is secure and that the […]

Richard Price

Moves: 2 March 2015

Move of the week Winston & Strawn IP head Richard Price has joined Olswang as head of IP arbitration in the firm’s London office. Price is a patent and trademark litigator and a qualified arbitrator, and joined alongside IP partner Gareth Morgan and two associates. UK London Kirkland & Ellis has hired private equity attorney […]

Craig Stoehr

The in-house interview: Thomas Cook’s Craig Stoehr

Leisure is hard work in the internet era, especially for Thomas Cook GC Craig Stoehr, who is helping to reinvent the traditional tour operator You might think it’s all sun, sea and sand for Thomas Cook’s first general counsel Craig Stoehr, but his success in steering the company against the tide of online competitors proves […]

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