The new space race

Once the domain of superpowers, the turn of the millennium has seen space flight shift from public to private sector. We meet leading figures across the industry for an inside look at the next legal frontier

Space Law |

When President John F Kennedy stood before Rice University on 12 September 1962 and boldly declared that not only would the US be the first country to land on the moon, but they would do it before the end of the decade, he captured the imagination of a generation. [Continue Reading]

Irresistible forces

To mark this year’s annual Global 100 report, we gathered members of the legal elite to assess a profession assailed on many borders

The Global 100 debate in association with SSQ |

Alex Novarese, The In-House Lawyer: Looking at the top of the market, how is buying behaviour changing? [Continue Reading]

Autumn Budget 2017 update

Eversheds Sutherland’s Catheryn Vanderspar explains major changes to the tax status quo for non-resident corporate landlords investing in UK real estate

Eversheds Sutherland Advertorial |

As expected, in one of the most substantive changes to the taxation of real estate in recent years, the Chancellor has announced the extension of corporation tax to the income of non-UK corporate landlords (NRCLs). [Continue Reading]

House in order

With an ever-increasing crackdown on bribery and corruption, we assess how in-house teams are staying on the right side of the law

White-collar crime overview |

The Bribery Act 2010 and associated white-collar crime legislation may have caused a headache for the c-suite but in-house teams have much to be thankful for. [Continue Reading]

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  • Kathryn McCann, Seniorreporter, The In-House Lawyer

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Systems v talent – clients will have to choose

From the perspective of a GC at a major multinational, which will be the key external adviser over the next ten years, the legal firm that is top decile at attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent throughout its business?

Leader |

From the perspective of a GC at a major multinational, which will be the key external adviser over the next ten years, the legal firm that is top decile at attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent throughout its business? Or the institution that excels at building market-leading systems, processes and technology? Put another way: which approach will provide competitive advantage and dominance over the other camp?
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Significant matters – Autumn 2017

Agenda |

Unsettled Lloyds legal team reports to finance

The legal team at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) now reports to the bank’s finance team after the group’s latest reorganisation, which also saw the departure of chief people, legal and strategy officer and ex-Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies, after less than two years.

The move has shifted responsibility for the legal and strategy teams to LBG’s chief financial officer George Culmer, with group general counsel Kate Cheetham reporting directly to him.

The changes, which were implemented from 4 September 2017, will also see Cheetham attend the group’s executive committee. António Horta Osório, LBG’s group chief executive, said the changes were fundamental to prepare the group for its upcoming strategic plan for the 2018-20 period.

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Profile: Mark Cooper, Cadent Gas

The general counsel and company secretary of the newly-formed gas company on the importance of saying ‘yes’

Profile |

Within a month of Mark Cooper joining National Grid (NG)’s in-house team in 2015, things became very busy very quickly. UK general counsel Rachael Davidson told him that one of the businesses he was looking after – NG’s gas distribution network – was going to be sold off.

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Profile: David Fein, Standard Chartered Bank

The former law firm partner turned banking giant GC on his globally-demanding role

Profile |

As a former senior staffer in the Clinton administration, David Fein has a tendency to chart his career and life against the backdrop of US politics. While working as a state district attorney, it was early in Barack Obama’s second presidential term that Fein found himself getting wistful for a new chapter, one that would see him become general counsel of the FTSE 100 banking group Standard Chartered in his first move in-house. ‘I wanted something new and so I thought something I hadn’t done was be a general counsel.’

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GC 2.0

We gathered more than 70 in-house counsel for our GC Powerlist Summer Reception to talk tech, disruption and building your own job.

GC Powerlist: Summer Reception |

Do you know your cash-burn phase from your TLDNR? Welcome to the buccaneering, hierarchy-lite world of the fast-growth, tech-driven ‘disruptors’, the kind of business that a growing number of lawyers aspire to work in or advise.

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Education, education, education

The in-house profession is growing in scale, ambition and sophistication. So why is it so difficult to get the training that aspiring GCs need?

Professional Development |

Speaking at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum recently, renowned industry futurologist Richard Susskind accused the UK’s law schools of being stuck in the 1970s, preparing graduates to undertake work that will become increasingly uncommon while failing to train aspiring solicitors in the new technologies that will replace much of the work lawyers now do.

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