Disputes perspectives: Geraldine Elliott

Disputes perspectives: Geraldine Elliott

I wanted a professional career. My father was a doctor but very keen I didn’t do medicine. I had a scientific background and law is a very analytical process. I’d watched a few television programmes about criminal lawyers. Law was the right career for me. The life of doctors is very tough and there’s effectively …

In-house: RPC and DWF among four new firms on Dixons Carphone’s expanded roster

In-house: RPC and DWF among four new firms on Dixons Carphone’s expanded roster

Retailer Dixons Carphone has added four firms to a revised legal roster, with DWF, RPC, Bristows and Carson McDowell winning spots. The panel will run for four years following the expiration of its previous arrangement in March, which was the result of a 2016 review. The new additions join ten firms Dixons Carphone has kept …

In-house: Novartis to withhold 15% of fees if new panel firms miss D&I requirements

In-house: Novartis to withhold 15% of fees if new panel firms miss D&I requirements

As in-house legal departments continue to push their law firms to be more diverse, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has pledged to withhold 15% of fees if diversity and inclusion (D&I) levels are not met by its 22 panel firms. The measure introduced as part of the company’s panel review, announced yesterday (12 February), has seen …

In-house: DWF leads as Eversheds loses sole adviser role on Severn Trent’s expanded panel

In-house: DWF leads as Eversheds loses sole adviser role on Severn Trent’s expanded panel

Eversheds Sutherland has lost its sole-adviser mandate to Severn Trent after the FTSE 100 water company appointed five firms to its new panel, with listed firm DWF the big winner. Severn Trent, which had run a sole-adviser mandate with Eversheds for more than a decade, has appointed DWF as its retained provider of legal services to …

In-house: TransferWise cashes in on competitor’s legal head as mammoth US GC pay packets revealed

In-house: TransferWise cashes in on competitor’s legal head as mammoth US GC pay packets revealed

In a month of significant hires and departures, online money payment company TransferWise has snapped up rival Monzo Bank’s chief legal officer Dean Nash (pictured) as its new general counsel (GC) following the departure of Jenifer Swallow in July. Nash, who featured in the GC Powerlist 2019, has left the company after nearly four years …

Legal secretaries and support staff most at risk as industry loses up to 35,000 jobs by 2027

Legal secretaries and support staff most at risk as industry loses up to 35,000 jobs by 2027

Legal secretaries and support staff will be the most affected by a decline in legal sector jobs in the next decade as the sector evolves and with increasing adoption of technology, according to a report commissioned by the Law Society. Based on employment data gathered by the Institute for Employment Studies, the report estimates the …

Three firms cut as National Grid unveils panel following ‘pay to play’ review and BAE loses longstanding legal chief

Three firms cut as National Grid unveils panel following ‘pay to play’ review and BAE loses longstanding legal chief

Anna Cole-Bailey rounds up the latest in-house panel reviews and moves In a busy month of in-house activity, National Grid revealed the line up of its new legal panel, Lombard International embarked on creating its first-ever legal roster, and blue chips BAE Systems and Lloyds Banking Group lost senior legal heads.

The In-House Survey: Blurred lines – the GC as business leader

The In-House Survey: Blurred lines – the GC as business leader

Climate change and sustainability dominated news headlines in 2019. Extinction Rebellion protests, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg leading climate strikes around the world, while the President of the US has labelled it all a ‘hoax’. Investors are, in turn, increasingly putting pressure on the world’s largest companies to respond. It has become an enormous area of …