The eye of the storm

In one of the set-piece debates at this year’s Enterprise GC, a high-level panel reflected on the realities of crisis viewed for the inside

Crisis Management |

At our 2019 Enterprise GC summit in March, one of the set-piece debates united three veteran in-house counsel to reflect on their perspectives in facing a crisis… and how to get through it relatively unscathed.

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We have the technology

The In-House Lawyer teamed up with Invest Northern Ireland to gather managing partners, technologists and New Law figures to ask how to engineer the law firm of the future

The new business models debate |

Hamish McNicol, The In-House Lawyer: What are the changes people have made in their business in the last 18 months that made the most impact?

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On this rock I build…

The In-House Lawyer met with DLA leader Simon Levine as he settles into his second term to talk legacy, succession and remaking the firm post-Nigel

Adviser focus: DLA Piper |

Simon Levine (SL), co-chief executive, DLA Piper: I had a bit of fun and looked at the article you wrote on me when I first started [as DLA Piper’s co-chief executive, published in our sister publication Legal Business in March 2015].

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The risk report – Reputations tarnished as #MeToo fallout hits the legal profession

#MeToo blotted the risk landscape in 2018, as firms wrestled with the fallout in a year where the profession’s ethics were put under the spotlight

Last year’s risk management and professional indemnity report with broker Marsh told a story of progress; firms felt risk culture had significantly improved in the ten years since Lehman Brothers’ collapse. However, risk remains a moving target and there is a feeling recent unpleasant episodes at a number of City law firms means much-touted improvements in culture have yet to include progress in professional ethics.

‘I’m a great believer in the risk team playing a key part in defining a firm’s culture,’ says Walkers’ chief compliance officer Angela Robertson. ‘Fundamentally, risk teams enforce types of appropriate behaviour, whether dealing with clients or third parties. So it being involved in defining culture is no different really. Currently risk teams don’t have a specific remit to do so though.’ [Continue Reading]

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From monkey to organ grinder

Waves of regulation are giving GCs more resource, responsibility and risk. The In-House Lawyer assesses the state of the modern in-house team

The in-house lawyer survey |

Sabine Chalmers was concerned about coming back to the UK. Absent for more than two decades, most recently in the US as chief legal and corporate affairs officer at drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, she had built a reputation as one of the leading lights of the general counsel community. But when she first left the UK, the GC role lacked stature, particularly in contrast to the US. ‘I was concerned about how a UK role would compare to the experience I’d had in the US.’ [Continue Reading]

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Significant matters – Winter 2019

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Lloyds primed for new year panel shake-up

Lloyds Banking Group is looking at slimming its UK roster with a number of firms set to jostle for places in 2019. Currently the core panel comprises CMS, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehils, Hogan Lovells, Addleshaw Goddard and Magic Circle duo Linklaters and Allen & Overy. The bank’s last panel review was in 2016, when Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper lost their places. Group GC Kate Cheetham is expected to lead the process, with a further reduction in size anticipated. [Continue Reading]

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Whatever happened to PRIME?

Thomas Alan assesses the initially lauded, now forgotten social inclusion initiative

Social diversity |

‘Forgive my ignorance, can you tell me what you mean by PRIME? What is it exactly?’ asks one partner at a top-25 UK law firm, a partner charged with responsibility for overseeing apprenticeships at a firm with membership to that same cross-industry group. [Continue Reading]

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The GC outlook: more for more and more to come

One reason in-house teams are prospering is they have adapted to the realities of the modern working world better than their counterparts in private practice.

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As a long-term observer of the legal profession, I view the development of GCs with an oxymoronic mix of admiration and cynicism. Admiration because common claims about the dramatic improvements in the calibre and size of the talent pool in the in-house profession are that rarest of beasts: a received wisdom that turns out on inspection to be largely true. Cynicism because those strides are often mixed with unwillingness to tackle the ethical and practical implications that come with increased clout. [Continue Reading]

Beyond the cookie cutter

The In-House Lawyer teamed up with Morrison & Foerster to ask GCs about digital disruption and the role of in-house lawyers

The GC (Re)Defined debate |

What is it like to work as a lawyer in the fast-paced, risk-laden, tech-driven ‘disruptive’ company? How do general counsel find the right level of resource in a company where legal is viewed as anathema to impatient entrepreneurs? When is a lawyer not a lawyer? [Continue Reading]

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Tencent on the dollar

The legal chiefs of two of China’s largest public companies, Tencent and Xiaomi, discuss growth and the challenges of lawyering in Asia’s much-fêted tech sector

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When Brent Irvin joined Tencent as group general counsel nine years ago, the Chinese upstart was already a tech wunderkind, boasting revenue close to RMB20bn. But few foresaw the trajectory it would take from there: with dramatic growth in 2017, the company is now valued at more than $477bn. [Continue Reading]

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