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”