A flying start – Eversheds Sutherland nears first anniversary with trio of corporate deals

A flying start – Eversheds Sutherland nears first anniversary with trio of corporate deals

As the transatlantic Eversheds Sutherland tie-up approaches a year since going live, the firm has enjoyed a robust start to 2018 with some meaty corporate instructions and has incorporated its Dutch arm into its international LLP. Leading off the end-of-year deal book was Shell’s December move into the UK residential energy market with its agreement …

Better Call Saul: Osborne Clarke re-elects veteran senior partner

Better Call Saul: Osborne Clarke re-elects veteran senior partner

Osborne Clarke (OC), one of only three firms in the current UK top 100 to have more than doubled its revenue organically since 2012, has seen Andrew Saul re-elected as senior partner for a second four-year term. Saul (pictured), a corporate partner at the firm for more than 21 years and head of that team …

GC community to lose a heavyweight as BT’s Fitz steps down

GC community to lose a heavyweight as BT’s Fitz steps down

Widely cited as one of the most influential and admired general counsel (GC) since Legal Business began covering the in-house legal market in earnest more than five years ago, BT GC Dan Fitz is stepping down after seven years to be replaced by former Anheuser-Busch InBev legal chief Sabine Chalmers. A spokesperson confirmed Chalmers would …

Addleshaws and Ashurst picked as favourites as GVC pitches in for Ladbrokes takeover

Addleshaws and Ashurst picked as favourites as GVC pitches in for Ladbrokes takeover

Addleshaw Goddard and Ashurst are acting as gaming and betting company GVC Holdings launches a proposed £3.9bn takeover of rival Ladbrokes Coral. The proposed deal, announced today (7 December), would create a global online gambling group that the boards of the two companies claim would have strong growth prospects and an enhanced position in some …

In-house: TSB brings in GE legal head to replace retiring Crichton

In-house: TSB brings in GE legal head to replace retiring Crichton

TSB Bank has hired a new general counsel (GC) from GE Renewable Energy to replace retiring GC Susan Crichton, who guided it through both an initial public offer (IPO) and subsequent takeover. The Edinburgh-based bank has appointed Lorna Curry, GC at the Hydro arm of multinational conglomerate GE, to replace Crichton (pictured), who is set …

Eversheds Sutherland elects Thompson chair in second female C-suite move in City Law this week

Eversheds Sutherland elects Thompson chair in second female C-suite move in City Law this week

Eversheds Sutherland has elected the first-ever female chair of its UK-based international business, with financial services product head Pamela Thompson chosen today (5 December) over ‘a number of very strong candidates’. Thompson will take the position of chair of the Eversheds Sutherland International LLP for a term of four years from next May, after incumbent …

In-house: Aviva appoints new UK insurance head as RBS ends search for legal operations chief

In-house: Aviva appoints new UK insurance head as RBS ends search for legal operations chief

FTSE 100 insurer Aviva has appointed former Bupa UK legal director Alison Gammon as its UK Insurance general counsel (GC) following the departures of Aviva UK Life GC and company secretary Monica Risam and Tim Vickers, who led Aviva’s General Insurance legal team. Aviva recently brought its UK Life Assurance and UK General Insurance businesses …