What ails the GC/law firm dialogue?

It’s frequent for law firms to talk of abandoning the ideas or projects that may have potentially raised a GC’s pulse because it involves the nightmare of arguing with four departments to kick in budget.

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One of the big, big wins to law firms and our clients is if we could get a collection of businesses to work out why you consistently hear from general counsel “law firms are not innovative enough” and you consistently hear from law firms “clients are never brave enough to do something different”. They’re both genuinely held views, with loads of examples – how can that be?’ [Continue Reading]

Significant matters – Spring 2018

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Clifford Chance acquires Carillion volume business

Uncertainty over the future of Carillion Advice Services (CAS) has ended after Clifford Chance (CC) went ahead with a surprise takeover of the in-house legal arm for an undisclosed sum. Newcastle-based CAS was put up for sale after its parent Carillion collapsed in one of the largest UK insolvencies for years. CAS has a team of 60 paralegals specialising in services such as document review, due diligence, e-disclosure and litigation support. The business will be fully integrated within CC, with CAS director Lucy Nixon reporting to CC’s client services solutions global head Oliver Campbell, as well as UK managing partner Michael Bates. CAS was originally inherited by Carillion in 2011 as part of its £300m acquisition of energy services company Eaga.

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Sarah Nelson Smith, Yum! Brands

The energetic European legal chief of fast-food company KFC on thinking outside the box

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In many ways it was ideal preparation. Before embarking on a legal career, Sarah Nelson Smith took a post-law school gap year working as a holiday rep in the popular Greek retreat of Halkidiki. It was an eye-opening experience, figuratively and literally, welcoming holidaymakers at unholy hours and dealing with bizarre questions and gripes. [Continue Reading]

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Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons

Having trailed peers during the 2000s, Pinsent Masons has been one of most consistent performers in its class in recent years. The In-House Lawyer caught up with its energetic senior partner to delve deeper

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The In-House Lawyer (IHL): How do you create a clearer picture of what Pinsents is doing on diversity? [Continue Reading]

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Alphas

While women advance in senior disputes and in-house roles, high-end M&A remains a boys’ club. IHL assesses the female talent in the City deal scene and asks if things will ever improve.

Adviser focus |

‘You will have to go out and find the women – they won’t come to you,’ warns Travers Smith partner Lucie Cawood when The in-House Lawyer began researching this cover feature. That proved an astute prediction.

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Ashfords’ retail roundup

We may be a nation of shopkeepers and shopping may be the national sport, but retailers are under ever increasing pressure. Facing a spiralling cost base, currency uncertainty and changing shopping habits – retailers are having to get smarter to survive – and in-house lawyers have never been under so much pressure to help their business perform.

Employment law partner: Doyle Clayton |

We’ve teamed up with the retail specialists at Ashfords to help you identify and navigate the key developments and issues facing the sector. Here we meet the team who’ll be keeping you briefed for the year ahead.

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Pensions law: Doyle Clayton

A decade ago workplace law was barely on a general counsel’s risk register. Today we see in-house lawyers specialising in it – with a GC expected to be knowledgeable enough to keep a company’s board briefed on any issues that could impact the value of its brand.

Employment law partner: Doyle Clayton |

Pension schemes, as an unwanted headache for UK corporates, has long since ceased to be a new phenomena. The last 20 years has seen a mix of erratic investment performance, increased longevity – and, in a number of cases, schemes being poorly managed – resulting in massive pension deficits which companies are forced to wrestle with. In a broad sense, we have seen pensions transition from life as an HR benefit, to today a long-term legacy liability sitting on a sponsoring company’s balance sheet. In practice, the presence of a defined benefit pension deficit is effectively a major, often unsecured creditor of a company which can impact on a wide range of corporate activities and attract significant personal liability for directors. [Continue Reading]

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  • Doyle Clayton, , The In-House Lawyer

The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018

Lawyers from across the industry gathered at The Royal Exchange in London to celebrate The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018

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The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018 recognises and rewards the very best of the best across the legal industry. We pride ourselves on the thorough, in-depth research we carry out in order to produce our rankings of firms and sets in the UK. This leaves us in a unique position to be able to identify the teams which warrant particular recognition. [Continue Reading]

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Striking out

We ask general counsel why law firm pitches can take months to win… and be lost in minutes

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A 23-year-old became the most sought-after baseball player last year when he announced he would leave Japan to play in the US. Shohei Ohtani was already a phenomenon. Able to pitch and hit – a skillset as rare as hens’ teeth in the game and infinitely more prized – league rules limiting his initial pay guaranteed whichever team landed him an absolute bargain.

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The enforcers

Can UK competition regulators maintain their efforts in light of Brexit-imposed burdens?

Competition |

No-one could accuse the UK competition regulators of lacking scope and vigour. The main regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has rightly gained a reputation for robust enforcement. The nomination of former Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie as the CMA’s new chair is expected to reinforce its standing as a no-nonsense agency. But as it faces up to Brexit, it will have to shoulder a far heavier burden.

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