Two new faces gain membership to reshaped Co-op legal panel

Two new faces gain membership to reshaped Co-op legal panel

Seven firms have won spots on a revamped Co-op Group legal panel which sees its corporate, commercial and property panels combined to work alongside primary adviser Allen & Overy (A&O).

Newly-appointed firms Fieldfisher and Squire Patton Boggs join Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons, Hill Dickinson, Brodies and Paris Smith for a three-year term, following a review which began last year. Continue reading “Two new faces gain membership to reshaped Co-op legal panel”

Panel beaters – Balfour revamps Pinsents partnership as Barclays’ buying shake-up signals its last panel contest

Panel beaters – Balfour revamps Pinsents partnership as Barclays’ buying shake-up signals its last panel contest

Is big business turning its back on the conventional legal panel? This month at least sees two prominent examples, with listed infrastructure group Balfour Beatty extending and revamping its sole supplier partnership with Pinsent Masons as banking giant Barclays unveils its final global panel review.

Pinsents today (5 March) announced its sole supplier mandate with the FTSE 250 company had been re-signed until 2020, the second extension to a deal which kicked off in April 2013. The latest partnership, however, has introduced new pricing structures for greater flexibility. Continue reading “Panel beaters – Balfour revamps Pinsents partnership as Barclays’ buying shake-up signals its last panel contest”

‘A wonderful opportunity’: Network Rail begins long journey to new £70m adviser panel

‘A wonderful opportunity’: Network Rail begins long journey to new £70m adviser panel

Network Rail has begun its longest-ever panel review process for external adviser work, which could be worth up to £70m over five years from next April.

The rail company’s review will be the first under new group general counsel Stuart Kelly, who was promoted from deputy group GC following the departure of Suzanne Wise in March last year for a non-legal role as senior vice-president for corporate development at Japan Tobacco International . The review will be led by Network Rail route businesses GC Dan Kayne. Continue reading “‘A wonderful opportunity’: Network Rail begins long journey to new £70m adviser panel”

Societe Generale names a dozen firms to new global law roster

Societe Generale names a dozen firms to new global law roster

French financial services group Societe Generale (SocGen) has named 12 law firms to its new international panel, with a further six practices instructed for disputes and tax work.

The panel is split into 12 full-service firms, which is broken down further into eight ‘preferred’ firms and four ‘selected’ firms, with a further six specialists responsible for large litigation and tax. The European banking giant said the panel was designed to cover its requirements across the 66 countries it operates in, complemented by local panels in those countries. Continue reading “Societe Generale names a dozen firms to new global law roster”

Panel reviews: Vodafone and Yum! Brands shake up external adviser rosters

Panel reviews: Vodafone and Yum! Brands shake up external adviser rosters

Mobile phone giant Vodafone has completed a review of its legal panel, with seven firms making the cut, while KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut owner Yum! Brands has also finalised its roster.

The number of firms on Vodafone’s panel remains the same as the last time it was reviewed in 2014, but DLA Piper and Eversheds Sutherland have lost their slots this time, replaced by Squire Patton Boggs and TMT specialist Wiggin. The firms remaining on the roster are Magic Circle outfits Slaughter and May and Linklaters, alongside Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clarke. Continue reading “Panel reviews: Vodafone and Yum! Brands shake up external adviser rosters”

Beauty parade in the offing as Government announces launch of £650m ‘legal services marketplace’

Beauty parade in the offing as Government announces launch of £650m ‘legal services marketplace’

Part of an ongoing and concerted effort to manage the public purse for legal advice, the Government has announced plans to set up a £650m marketplace for the public sector to procure legal services.

Central government, devolved administrations and public bodies would procure legal advice through the marketplace, according to a pre-tender notice published by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) this week. Continue reading “Beauty parade in the offing as Government announces launch of £650m ‘legal services marketplace’”

Co-op Group kicks off panel review as former Dixons Carphone GC takes top legal role

Co-op Group kicks off panel review as former Dixons Carphone GC takes top legal role

The Co-operative Group has begun reviewing its corporate and commercial legal panels, as well as its property law and litigation advisers, as the former Dixons Carphone group general counsel (GC) Helen Grantham replaced Alistair Asher in the group’s top legal role.

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Eversheds Sutherland wins place on Koch Industries global panel, as co-CEOs reflect on 139 days post-combination

Eversheds Sutherland wins place on Koch Industries global panel, as co-CEOs reflect on 139 days post-combination

Eversheds Sutherland‘s co-chief executives (CEO) Lee Ranson and Mark Wasserman laid out client wins and a draft 2020 strategy for the future of the firm to around 680 people at the first partner conference since the firm’s tie-up in February.

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Comment: Clients and rookie lawyers – some awkward truths and a fatuous debate on training

Comment: Clients and rookie lawyers – some awkward truths and a fatuous debate on training

Ah, despite the changing fashions, technology and economic realities of the day, in law you can always rely on that curious mix of mutual hypocrisy, miscommunication, mistrust and conflicting agendas between clients and law firms to endure. Continue reading “Comment: Clients and rookie lawyers – some awkward truths and a fatuous debate on training”