Riding Schumpeter’s Gale

Fast-evolving industries and tech-driven disruption means modern jobs can defy categories. We find GCs coping… and sometimes thriving

Disruptive Tech |

Storyteller. Ninja. Scrum Master. Brand Champion. Evangelist. The modern commercial world has created many new genres of work, but sometimes it’s hard to know what they mean. As the London School of Economics’ headline-grabbing anthropologist David Graeber once wrote, ‘It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.’
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  • Anna Reynolds, , The In-House Lawyer

  • James Wood, , The In-House Lawyer

Virtual fear and loathing

Why are clients and firms not collaborating enough on innovation? We ask GCs if assumptions about law firms’ use of technology are accurate

Law tech focus |

Clichés abound over the stereotypical contrast between stuffy lawyers and progressive tech start-up gurus. Clearly law firms – whose liberal and often misplaced use of the term ‘innovation’ often adds fuel to the fire – have plenty of work to do. At the same time, some clients are far more insistent on innovation from their external advisers than others.
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The wheat from the chaff

Law start-ups are so hot right now that leading City firms are loitering around hoping to hook-up. The In-House Lawyer tries to separate the big deal from the BS

Law tech focus |

In a quiet east London street off the bustling Brick Lane, a few doors from a sign tagged ‘Vegan Hair Salon’ is a co-working space. You meet Gaz, the office’s bulldog, and work among Star Wars figurines, gaming consoles and an electric drum kit.
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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.

Ashfords' retail roundup |

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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  • Ashfords, , The In-House Lawyer

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.

Leader |

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

Agenda |

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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  • The In-House Lawyer, , The In-House Lawyer

Sarah Nelson Smith, Yum! Brands

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

Profile |

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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  • The In-House Lawyer, , The In-House Lawyer

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

Adviser focus |

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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  • The In-House Lawyer, , The In-House Lawyer

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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  • The In-House Lawyer, , The In-House Lawyer