In-house: Skyscanner lands former Deliveroo legal chief as GC and company secretary

In-house: Skyscanner lands former Deliveroo legal chief as GC and company secretary

Recently departed Deliveroo legal chief Rob Miller has been named Skyscanner’s general counsel (GC) and company secretary following Carolyn Jameson’s departure from the high-profile travel metasearch company earlier this year. Miller (pictured) will oversee Skyscanner’s global legal, regulatory and public affairs function, leading a team of 12 lawyers, and comes as the Scotland-based company embarks …

In-house: Aviva reveals new adviser panel after first review since 2013

In-house: Aviva reveals new adviser panel after first review since 2013

Ten firms have secured spots on FTSE 100 insurer Aviva’s refreshed legal panel, with RPC, Eversheds Sutherland and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner winning new appointments. The two-lot panel covering the group and investor businesses came into effect on 1 July after the previous panel, last reviewed in 2013, ran its course. It will run on an …

In-house: former Worldpay GC becomes FTSE 100 company’s first legal head as BlackRock’s European GC departs

In-house: former Worldpay GC becomes FTSE 100 company’s first legal head as BlackRock’s European GC departs

Adding to a recent spate of high-profile in-house moves, Ruwan de Soyza (pictured) has joined FTSE 100 company Halma as its first general counsel (GC) and company secretary, while the highly-rated Erica Handling has left funds manager BlackRock. De Soyza announced in November he was leaving payment processing company Worldpay after nearly eight years for a …

The clean-up crew – The rise of the in-house litigator

The clean-up crew – The rise of the in-house litigator

It is a complex world. Globalisation, increasingly interconnected economies, decades of tougher regulation and, yes, frenetic levels of law making across the world mean that getting business right is harder than ever and not all the proliferating risks can be managed. All perfect conditions for litigators, which is why much of the post-banking crisis boom …

A long-time coming: Shepherd and Wedderburn lands in Dublin amid Brexit uncertainty

A long-time coming: Shepherd and Wedderburn lands in Dublin amid Brexit uncertainty

Shepherd and Wedderburn has become the latest firm to set up shop in the Republic of Ireland in response to Brexit. The new office, announced today (22 July), has been launched in a bid to protect European client business and will be led by Paul Carlyle (pictured), the Scottish-headquartered firm’s head of media and technology, alongside …

Thomson Reuters makes ‘transformational’ HighQ acquisition as ContractPodAi raises $55m

Thomson Reuters makes ‘transformational’ HighQ acquisition as ContractPodAi raises $55m

Thomson Reuters has snapped up legal software provider HighQ, making good on plans to bolster its cloud-based software products after selling its legal managed services arm, Pangea3, to EY. Thomson Reuters’ president and chief executive Jim Smith said the firm plans to integrate London-based HighQ with its own information services, enabling it to sell the …

In-house: Severn Trent open to extending panel beyond Eversheds’ sole-adviser role

In-house: Severn Trent open to extending panel beyond Eversheds’ sole-adviser role

Severn Trent group general counsel (GC) Bronagh Kennedy (pictured) is keeping an open mind as to how many firms will be appointed to its £8m legal panel, with Eversheds Sutherland currently the company’s sole adviser. The FTSE 100 water company has opened a tender process for the legal panel it last reviewed in 2015, when Eversheds …

In-house: Rio Tinto GC to retire as Transferwise and ASOS legal heads depart

In-house: Rio Tinto GC to retire as Transferwise and ASOS legal heads depart

Multiple general counsel (GCs) have stepped down from their posts this week, including the legal heads of FTSE 100 mining company Rio Tinto, fintech company Transferwise and online retailer ASOS. Rio Tinto said on Monday (1 July) Philip Richards will retire as group GC of the global mining giant at the end of December after …