Rachel Ford, Gatwick

Gatwick Airport appoints new GC

Gatwick Airport has hired a new general counsel from London-based consulting company Capita. Rachel Ford previously spent more than three years at Capita and held the role of chief of staff and group legal director. She spent a decade as in-house legal counsel at Thomson Reuters and served as the business’ assistant general counsel and […]

Network Rail GC stands down to focus on O-Shaped Lawyer

Network Rail’s general counsel is stepping down from the role after more than fifteen years in the rail business. Dan Kayne is expected to have his last day at the Network Rail today (14 April). He is responsible for managing a team of twenty lawyers and providing a full range of legal services for Network […]

High Speed train

Panel firms ranked in latest UK Government tender

A scorecard evaluating four law firms involved in a UK Government mandate has been disclosed in public records. An award letter seen by The Lawyer for a £1.5m contract around the rail reform programme laid bare the score attributed by the Department for Transport to Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds Sutherland and Linklaters as part of […]

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow hires new GC from Virgin Media

Heathrow has appointed Mine Hifzi as its new general counsel after Carol Hui departed in August. Hifzi’s new role is due to take effect in July 2022. Since Hui stood down, Mark Oliver, deputy GC has served in the position for the interim. Hui was one of three people who left Heathrow, including chief strategy […]

Bolt taxi

Bolt gears up for first formal panel review

Bolt is embarking on a wide-scale panel review as it expands into new regions and business verticals. Having put a mini panel in place in May this year, the Tallinn-headquartered ride-hailing app will begin looking to assemble a formal panel in early 2022. Though the current panel is largely UK and Western Europe-focused, the new […]


Turk airline

Turkey – Upgrade nation

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity The Turkish banking crisis of 2000/01 wreaked havoc on the country’s economy: its currency crashed, interest rates rocketed and tens of thousands lost their jobs. In the aftermath, however, banking sector reforms meant Turkey was far better prepared for the 2008 global […]

Featured Briefings

A better future – What next for the Thames Valley?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]