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  • Defensive manoeuvres

    What are the biggest challenges facing GCs from a cyber risk perspective right now? There are two primary risks. It’s quite clear from recent guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and other organisations that ransomware is prevalent. Therefore, businesses should be preparing their playbook and their response process, so that they have them ready …

  • A state of flux

    For personal injury (PI) practitioners, dynamism is one of the features which makes this such a fulfilling field to work in. The work follows a constant ebb and flow of patterns and trends – from the boom and wane of asbestos-related cases, to the rapid spike in noise-induced hearing loss claims, to the recent resurgence …

  • Change is now

    It’s fair to say that legal directories have come in for more than their fair share of flack over the years, particularly when it comes to speed of change. But if proof were needed that The Legal 500 is more than capable of setting the pace, then the latest UK gender diversity stats neatly provide …

  • Balancing growth and risk

    As part of an ongoing series of thought leadership roundtables and webinars we have been hosting with Paul Hastings before, during and after lockdown, we were delighted to finally have an in-person debate at Paul Hastings’ London office in November 2021. We gathered together leading general counsel and Paul Hastings partners to discuss the role …

  • Top of the agenda

    Cyber security, environmental and social issues, shareholder activism – corporate governance has never been so high up the business agenda as it is today. And the role GCs play in ensuring proper systems of checks and balances are in place and adhered to at their companies cannot be underestimated. Against a backdrop of continued economic …

  • The melting pot

    With only a small degree of hindsight available, it is abundantly clear that London is experiencing one of its great disputes booms as the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. One may expect that the unique economic situation, underpinned by unprecedented levels of state financial support, may be the key catalyst for contentious issues. But …

  • Crisis averted?

    ‘The whole property industry would have been paralysed had most landlords and tenants not been able to navigate their way through it,’ says Joanna Lampert, Mishcon de Reya’s property litigation partner, reflecting on the impact of the pandemic.

  • Out of the shadows

    According to Sandy Bhogal, co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s global tax practice, ‘General counsel will probably be more involved in tax affairs now than they’ve ever been’. With this in mind, he identifies three major trends in corporate tax that will keep lawyers busy for the foreseeable future: the knock on impact of the pandemic to …

  • Caught offside

    It was the football story of the year – eclipsing even Lionel Messi’s move to PSG and football not quite coming home – almost beyond belief in its audacity. On Sunday 18 April, The Times broke a story that 12 leading clubs from England, Spain and Italy had agreed to break away from UEFA’s Champions …

  • Banking on battles

    The In-House Lawyer (IHL): What has been keeping you busy in banking litigation over the past 12 months?

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Profiles

  • easyJet

    ‘The pandemic hit the airline sector hard and fast. We went from really being in growth mode, preparing forward-looking projects and a successful year in 2020, to very quickly having to ground our fleet almost overnight. We then had to deal with the implications of that for the company, which were severe,’ says Rebecca Mills, …

  • Allan Dunlavy – Schillings

    What types of work are you seeing at the moment in reputation management? Have there been any changes post-pandemic? A lot of the work we’re doing at the moment, particularly with corporates and their senior leadership team, is about building resilience into their online profiles – so both the corporate profile and the individuals’ profiles. …

  • Sarah Holford – Scania UK

    Shortly after completing the Legal Practice Course, Sarah Holford was looking for somewhere to kick-start her career. An opportunity presented itself at Games Workshop, the British manufacturer of miniature war games, with space-themed Warhammer 40,000 among its best-known products.

  • Chris Thomas – Brewin Dolphin

    ‘I do employment law because I love personalities and people, whether they are friend or foe. You can learn from that.’ So speaks Chris Thomas, senior legal director at Brewin Dolphin, who was recognised as an in-house Rising Star at the Legal Business Awards 2021.

  • Stephanie Dominy – Snyk

    ‘There is a creative and artistic side to me but also a very pragmatic and logical one. While I left that creative side behind, sometimes it still wants to get out.’ From speaking to Stephanie Dominy, general counsel of the hyper-complicated, open-source software security start-up Snyk, both her logical and creative credentials are in no …

  • Ahmed Badr – GoCardless

    Ahmed Badr did not want to be a lawyer. A self-professed ‘huge geek’ at school, he was never happier than when sat a computer doing some programming or web design. ‘You would never find me playing football,’ he reflects.

  • Anthony Kenny – GSK

    The In-House Lawyer (IHL): Can you describe your career path so far and tell us a little bit about your current role at GSK?

  • Philip Price – TP ICAP

    The In-House Lawyer (IHL): Describe your career before your current role with TP ICAP and the company today.

  • Lindsay Beardsell – Tate & Lyle

    Lindsay Beardsell is never one to rest on her laurels. She trained and qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer but, as is the case for so many established general counsel, private practice failed to satisfy the need to be closer to a business.

  • Julian Homerstone – Virgin Atlantic

    The transatlantic airline’s GC talks to The In-House Lawyer about what it takes to advise one of the world’s most high-profile carriers amid a global pandemic.

  • James Stebbing – Six Nations Rugby and the British & Irish Lions

    James Stebbing talks to The In-House Lawyer about breaking into sports law, working with two of rugby’s best-loved sporting brands and what the Covid-19 pandemic means for next year’s South African tour and beyond.

  • Dan Webster – Harrods

    The retail group GC talks to The In-House Lawyer about what it takes to advise one of the world’s most recognised department stores.

  • Ria Sanz – AngloGold Ashanti

    The mining firm’s in-house counsel considers the keys to success and the importance of values when heading a legal and compliance team.

  • Rupert Skellett – Beggars Group

    As general counsel for one of the UK’s premier record companies, Rupert Skellett tells The In-House Lawyer about the realities of being at the forefront of negotiations with some of the world’s most exciting artists.

  • Sivan Whiteley – Square

    Sivan Whiteley’s legal career began with the study of rational choice theory at university – decoding why people make the decisions they make.

  • Heather Mitchell – The Carlyle Group

    ‘One reason I’m doing this interview is so I can send it to my parents. They’re really important to me. Ah, suddenly, the hard-woman persona crumbles,’ jokes Heather Mitchell, global general counsel (GC) for investments and head of EMEA at The Carlyle Group.

  • Sonya Branch: Bank of England

    The GC of the UK’s central bank talks Brexit, having a mission and making partner at 31

  • Christine Dekker: McDonald’s

    The UK and Ireland GC on ten years at the fast-food giant and how tech is transforming the consumer trade

  • Anna Cosgrave: Graze

    The self-confessed fitness freak and head of legal on the allures of in-house law and healthy snacks

  • Hugh Pugsley: HSBC

    The banking giant’s UK law chief on retaining perspective, understanding your advisers and the value of mentors

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