In-house: Trustpilot bags former Skyscanner legal chief as Gowling scores sole Commonwealth Games mandate

In-house: Trustpilot bags former Skyscanner legal chief as Gowling scores sole Commonwealth Games mandate

Adding to recent high-profile in-house appointments, former Skyscanner legal chief Carolyn Jameson (pictured) has been appointed chief legal and policy officer at consumer review website Trustpilot, while Gowling WLG has become sole legal adviser to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

GC Powerlist-regular Jameson, who earlier in the year announced her departure from high-profile travel metasearch engine Skyscanner after six years, will oversee global legal and public affairs at Trustpilot from the UK and Denmark. Continue reading “In-house: Trustpilot bags former Skyscanner legal chief as Gowling scores sole Commonwealth Games mandate”

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 on a strategic shift. GC Powerlist-regular Jameson was at the company for six years and was involved in the company’s £1.4bn acquisition by Chinese online travel giant ctrip.com in 2016. Continue reading “In-house: Skyscanner lands former Deliveroo legal chief as GC and company secretary”

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 initial three-year term. Continue reading “In-house: Aviva reveals new adviser panel after first review since 2013”

Guest post: Conferring with poachers – Bank GCs excluded from Senior Managers Regime after entirely predictable lobbying

Guest post: Conferring with poachers – Bank GCs excluded from Senior Managers Regime after entirely predictable lobbying

Following a consultation launched in January this year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has decided to exclude the head of legal of all of the banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions that it supervises from senior manager accountability under the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMR). You can access the FCA’s policy statement here.

A group of us at UCL Laws submitted a detailed response to the consultation. In that response we objected to the proposal to exclude general counsel from SMR. Our response paper drew on both our own research and learnings from other scholarship; we argued that inclusion would strengthen the position of in-house lawyers within regulated financial firms and deliver benefits both for the firms themselves and for the economy and society. We found the arguments made against inclusion during the consultation misunderstood the broad-ranging and significant role that most in-house legal departments play in those firms. The FCA’s grounds for exclusion were not in our view compelling, not least the argument that legal professional privilege should be given super-priority over the public interest arguments in favour of inclusion. You can read our detailed response here. Continue reading “Guest post: Conferring with poachers – Bank GCs excluded from Senior Managers Regime after entirely predictable lobbying”

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 FTSE 100 technology company. Continue reading “In-house: former Worldpay GC becomes FTSE 100 company’s first legal head as BlackRock’s European GC departs”

‘Time for a change’ as multiple corporate legal chiefs leave posts for pastures new

‘Time for a change’ as multiple corporate legal chiefs leave posts for pastures new

Anna Cole-Bailey rounds up the latest senior corporate in-house moves

A string of general counsel (GCs) have made career changes of late, including high-profile names such as the long-serving Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) European legal chief Sajid Hussein and Rio Tinto GC Philip Richards. Continue reading “‘Time for a change’ as multiple corporate legal chiefs leave posts for pastures new”

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 in legal services has been driven by demand for contentious law, rather than the transactional work that used to underwrite the high-end legal market. Continue reading “The clean-up crew – The rise of the in-house litigator”