Profile: Anna Cosgrave – graze

The self-confessed fitness freak and head of legal on the allures of in-house law and healthy snacks

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‘I took the right decision for me,’ says Anna Cosgrave, head of legal at healthy snack brand graze, on her move in-house. ‘My husband – who is also a lawyer – and I needed one of us to be a bit more flexible and to take the lead with our children during the week. My office is a 15-minute drive from home and I leave work on time, almost without fail. Work/life balance is extremely important to us while the children are young, but – make no mistake – I am still very ambitious.’

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Moment of truth: New Law champion Axiom unveils float plans but break up of its business raises doubts

Thomas Alan assesses if the New Law trailblazer can live up to its own rhetoric

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When Axiom announced in February its intentions to float, it was a seminal moment for New Law, with the pioneering flexible lawyering company established as the most prominent global brand in the sector. Back in 2013 one excited commentator forecast 2018 as the year Axiom would become the world’s largest legal provider (spoiler alert, it still wouldn’t make the Global 100).

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Profile: Hugh Pugsley – HSBC

The banking giant’s UK law chief on retaining perspective, understanding your advisers and the value of mentors

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‘Before university I spent a year working in India in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, teaching English, maths and personal hygiene,’ Hugh Pugsley, general counsel for HSBC’s UK banking and insurance businesses, casually slips in at the end of the interview.
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New Law meets Big Four – Has Deloitte got the conviction to match its free-thinking legal pitch?

Thomas Alan asks if Deloitte can find a new angle on legal services

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The often-cited but seldom-seen legal arrival of the Big Four has long passed into a professional joke, though renewed investment from the major accountancy groups in the last three years has given the debate fresh urgency. But, truly, something must have changed in the wind, as even that traditional hold-out, Deloitte, has signalled its intention to build a significant law presence. [Continue Reading]

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The challenge of you

Assembling a group of senior GCs and partners, The In-House Lawyer explores what it takes for women lawyers to reshape commercial law

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Building on sister publication Legal Business’ 2018 cover feature on the City’s star female deal counsel, The In-House Lawyer teamed up with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for a reception celebrating the strides made… and steps still to be taken. The 80 senior lawyers across in-house and private practice that gathered at The Ned in late November heard from a panel of general counsel and partners talking frankly about careers, life and changing aspirations.

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Innovation needs law firm champions as Axiom doubts emerge

New Law is as a breed still a lot better at promise than delivery, particularly on claims of providing better value than law firms.

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We have at IHL Towers something of a reputation for being sceptical of the claims to fresh thinking surrounding much of New Law Land. One exception, though, has been Axiom, the pioneering outfit that pushed lawyering into the mainstream. Sure, Axiom’s message could be obscured by strangulated attempts to ape Silicon Valley speak, an odd trait given the straight-talking style of founder Mark Harris. But its growth rates and reputation for quality never made you doubt that the outfit was a cut well above most New Law lightweights. [Continue Reading]

No more firsts

The In-House Lawyer sat down with Beth Nolan, the first female to be appointed White House counsel, to get an insight into life as Clinton’s presidential lawyer

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There can be few legal roles in the US of as much significance and substance as White House counsel. And when Beth Nolan jettisoned film school for law school, she had no idea her eventual career, including serving as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton – the first female to take on the role – would be almost the stuff films are made of.

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Piecing it together

The emergence of blockchain has the potential to touch every sector of business – and law is no exception.
The In-House Lawyer considers how it could impact the legal profession

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The proliferation of blockchain technology has led many sectors to re-examine traditional ways of doing business, even if the platform remains shrouded in the fog of confusion and hype. Nowhere is the potential more apparent, or the sector more traditional, than in the negotiation, creation and execution of contracts. If the blockchain evangelists are to be believed, the manner in which parties contract will be changing radically in the not-too-distant future. But while a number of high-profile success stories illustrate the potential of the technology, it is clear that there is a long way to go if it is to ever live up to the rhetoric.

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Perfect curveballs

Gone are the days when reputational damage was hurtful but fleeting. Dominic Carman speaks to lawyers and reputation management specialists about protecting your image in the age of social media

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In controlling and protecting their reputations, the internet and social media have made online information critical in determining how individuals and companies are perceived. The old phrase ‘bad news travels fast’ resonates in the modern age. Simultaneously, as the law tries to keep pace with technology through developments in defamation, privacy and data protection, reputation management has become embedded in corporate strategy. [Continue Reading]

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