This category is open to UK general counsel and their teams from any industry sector. Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist report and event, this award will be presented to the team that can demonstrate outstanding performance on behalf of the company, either through innovative use of its own resources or effective management of external law firms.
2017 WINNER: Virgin Media
This team’s smart use of resources and dedicated support has been key to the success of two major initiatives for Virgin Media in the last year, including Project Lightning, the single largest investment (£3bn) in UK broadband infrastructure for more than a decade, and a major sponsorship deal with Southampton FC to become its official shirt and club sponsor.
AB INBEV UK
2016 was very active year for this team, bedding down the fallout from AB InBev’s $79bn takeover of SAB Miller, the world's biggest brewing deal. To appease antitrust concerns, the brewing giant has been working on the divestment of popular brands, which the legal team has led on.
Emerging from a difficult period for the banking industry with considerable credit, recently the in-house team at Barclays has overseen the restructuring of the legal team in preparation for ring-fencing reforms that will split the bank's retail and investment arms. The restructure came as the bank finalised its global panel in June 2016.
In 2016 the Crown Estate legal team implemented a governance and executive restructure, aimed at driving performance and agility within the business. All this alongside practical completion of its landmark St James’s Market development and supporting approximately £1bn of transactional volume; restructuring over 5GW of offshore wind capacity; and several adviser reviews.
Sellafield underwent a major corporate change in 2016, moving from private sector ownership, delivering the requirements of the site owner as a contractor, to being a company wholly owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Legal services played a central part in this change and the ongoing transformation of the business, alongside the delivery of day-to-day legal support.
Following its game-changing £47bn takeover of BG Group in 2016, Ching’s team has undergone significant reconfiguration as part of the process of integrating the BG legal function. All this amid a review of its external legal roster and preparations for Shell to open its own offshore legal centre.