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”
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’”
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.
Continue reading “Co-op Group kicks off panel review as former Dixons Carphone GC takes top legal role”
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.
Continue reading “Eversheds Sutherland wins place on Koch Industries global panel, as co-CEOs reflect on 139 days post-combination”
Top 20 firm Addleshaw Goddard has finally secured a long-awaited Scottish presence as the firm’s merger with HBJ Gateley goes live today (1 June).
Continue reading “Addleshaws chosen as Celesio’s preferred adviser in Scotland as HBJ merger goes live”
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”
Despite a drastic reduction in firms for its general advice panel, the government has indicated it will not reduce the amount of firms on its roster as it tenders for a new legal panel for finance work. Continue reading “Government begins tender process for new £90m finance panel”
Payments company TransferWise is in the process of finalising its first ever roster of firms in what general counsel Jenifer Swallow describes as a ‘non-panel, panel review’. Continue reading “US heavyweights big contenders in TransferWise external counsel review”
The legal team at American International Group (AIG) EMEA is to carry out wider panel assessments for Europe, Middle East and Africa, following the ongoing review of the insurer’s UK roster, which is due to complete at the end of March. Continue reading “Adviser review: AIG to roll out UK panel process to entire EMEA region”
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has unveiled its panel for general legal advice services, with 18 firms making it onto a two tier panel. Continue reading “Twelve firms make it onto top tier of reduced Crown Commercial Services panel”