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 panel relationships with, including Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, DLA Piper, Doyle Clayton, Fieldfisher, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths, and Worthingtons. Continue reading “In-house: RPC and DWF among four new firms on Dixons Carphone’s expanded roster”

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 a host of advisers, including Magic Circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters, pledge that no fewer than 30% of associate time and 20% of partner time on a legal matter will be provided by ‘females, racially/ethnically diverse professionals, or members of the LGBTQ+ community, with an expectation that such commitments will move to parity over the next several years.’ Continue reading “In-house: Novartis to withhold 15% of fees if new panel firms miss D&I requirements”

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 its operational businesses, including areas such as construction, commercial, employment, regulatory, disputes and litigation, intellectual property, and planning and real estate. Continue reading “In-house: DWF leads as Eversheds loses sole adviser role on Severn Trent’s expanded panel”

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

In-house: National Grid drops three firms from panel following ‘pay to play’ review

In-house: National Grid drops three firms from panel following ‘pay to play’ review

BDB Pitmans, Irwin Mitchell and Norton Rose Fulbright have been dropped from National Grid’s panel, understood to be worth about £12m a year in the UK alone, following an extensive tender process which saw firms pay to compete for spots.

Womble Bond Dickinson is the sole new appointee on a roster which reduced the number of advisers from 12 to ten. The review, which began in May this year, was potentially going to reduce the number of advisers to six, but Addleshaw Goddard, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Dentons, DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters and Shakespeare Martineau all retained their spots. Continue reading “In-house: National Grid drops three firms from panel following ‘pay to play’ review”

In-house: GC Risam draws on experience as Lombard International invites tenders for debut panel

In-house: GC Risam draws on experience as Lombard International invites tenders for debut panel

Wealth-structuring company Lombard International is creating its first-ever legal adviser panel under the watch of general counsel (GC) Monica Risam, the former Aviva UK Life GC who moved to the company in January last year.

The panel will cement and deepen relationships the Luxembourg-based company already has with firms such as Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper and Linklaters. Continue reading “In-house: GC Risam draws on experience as Lombard International invites tenders for debut panel”

In-house: SSE launches first panel review as Balfour Beatty GC departs after just six months

In-house: SSE launches first panel review as Balfour Beatty GC departs after just six months

Big Six energy company SSE is reviewing its legal panel for the first time since setting up its debut roster in 2014, while the general counsel (GC) of construction company Balfour Beatty has left after just six months.

SSE appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswan, Osborne Clarke, Gillespie Macandrew, Thorntons and Kennedys to its inaugural panel five years ago, under the directorship of legal head Liz Tanner (pictured), who featured in this year’s GC Powerlist. Continue reading “In-house: SSE launches first panel review as Balfour Beatty GC departs after just six months”

In-house: CMS bumped as core adviser following Lloyds panel review

In-house: CMS bumped as core adviser following Lloyds panel review

CMS has dropped off Lloyds Banking Group’s core panel of advisers after a review which reshaped the roster into two lots.

A total of 25 firms are understood to have been appointed, split between a smaller number of core firms and a group of general firms. It was the bank’s first panel review since 2016, when DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright lost their spots as the core panel shrunk from ten to eight firms. Continue reading “In-house: CMS bumped as core adviser following Lloyds panel review”

Pay to play – Bluechip clients force law firms to pay to pitch as GCs flex buying power

Pay to play – Bluechip clients force law firms to pay to pitch as GCs flex buying power

Major companies are pressing external counsel to pay to compete for adviser spots in a move set to be resisted by some major law firms. The practice sees law firms paying to be ‘validated’ by a procurement company, effectively pushing the cost of the agency onto the pitching law firms. One prominent case has been National Grid’s ongoing panel review. Santander has also used a comparable model on a recent pitch.

The National Grid panel review, covering a range of work understood to be worth about £12m a year in the UK alone, began six months ago and is due to be finalised at the end of November. Six to ten spots are available on its roster, which is being reduced from 12 advisers. Continue reading “Pay to play – Bluechip clients force law firms to pay to pitch as GCs flex buying power”