The waiting game

Will opt-out competition actions shake up the dynamics of consumer claims facing major companies? A key court ruling awaits

Competition market briefing |

Competition litigation has certainly become a hot topic in litigation circles, thanks largely to marquee disputes like the £14bn group claim launched against Mastercard.
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The hard sell

The Big Four’s assault on law continues to make headlines but are GCs buying it?

The Big Four |

‘I have never instructed a Big Four firm on a legal matter,’ says one UK general counsel of a large multinational. ‘The accountants’ legal offering is not something I’m close to,’ concedes Tesco GC Adrian Morris. The respective legal chiefs at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group strike a similar note: ‘We don’t currently use any of them,’ says Michael Shaw, while Kate Cheetham notes: ‘Our use of these offerings is quite limited.’
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A change is gonna come

After years in the shadows, more demanding employees, the #MeToo spotlight and new ways of working are putting employment law centre stage again

Employment law |

‘There isn’t enough focus on the generational issue,’ says veteran employment lawyer and Lewis Silkin’s divisional managing partner Richard Miskella. ‘There are three different generations in the workplace and they hold completely different world views. The twenty-somethings are impatient for change.’
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Postcards from the most regulated

Banking GCs give their perspectives on the financial services regulation landscape

Enterprise GC |

Another headline panel session from our flagship corporate counsel event, Enterprise GC, saw four in-house banking lawyers reflect on the regulatory dynamics of their sector.
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Broader horizons – GCs taking outside roles

For many GCs, joining the non-executive director club is the holy grail. But how do lawyers position themselves for outside roles?

Enterprise GC |

One of the set-piece debates of day one of Enterprise GC covered a pressing issue for GCs – how to widen their skillset by gaining board experience, as well as practical tips on becoming a non-executive director (NED) in particular. The session, chaired by veteran City columnist James Ashton, featured some seasoned campaigners: Michael Coates, associate general counsel for Shell UK and a director for a number of Shell companies; Eversheds Sutherland partner Denise Jagger, who has a portfolio of non-executive directorships and trustee roles; Stuart Morton, head of the legal and professional services function at executive search firm Odgers Berndtson; and Rob Webb QC, now a senior adviser at Brunswick and former general counsel for both British Airways and Rolls-Royce, who has held a number of board roles throughout his career.
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No alarms and no surprises

A small but influential group of clients and law firms are leading a charge to restore healthy working practices in law, but will everyone play along with the Mindful Business Charter?

Work/Life balance |

Any lawyer of a certain vintage can recall the dawn of the BlackBerry age, the watershed moment at the turn of the Millennium that meant you could always be on call. It
was a blessing and a curse. But the initial freedom of being able to work anywhere at any time has become a crippling 24/7 expectation for many, with the inability to ‘switch off’ being an oft-cited issue.

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Corporations with benefits

We take a look at the growing US phenomenon of enshrining public benefit goals into for-profit corporate charters

Public benefit companies |

When looking for good in the world, corporate governance law is not the most obvious place to train your eye. Yet there is a sizeable band of corporations – thousands, in fact – who have opted to start just there, using corporate governance as a springboard to the greater good.
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Tougher competition – the growing impact of antitrust marquee deals

Two guest experts debated external factors shaping competition policy

Corporate and M&A Summit 2019 |

A key morning session of our 2019 Corporate and M&A Summit saw Linklaters London competition head Nicole Kar chair a lively debate between two authorities on European competition law and policy and its effect on M&A. On one side was economist Dr Claudio Calcagno, a vice president at Analysis Group and an expert in the competition arena, while on the other side sat John Gray, partner at Finsbury and head of its competition practice, who focuses on public affairs aspects of merger control cases, both in the UK and the EU.

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