US firm HP caused a stir last year when it announced that it would withhold up to ten per cent of costs invoiced by their external law firms if they do not meet minimum diversity requirements. While we haven’t seen anything so drastic over here yet, Diana Bentley explores how in-house teams are raising their expectations of their law firms and driving through real change.
Allison Wooddisse, head of in-house and compliance at LexisNexis, considers what is on the horizon in relation to data protection for 2018, and what should be top of your to-do list right now on your journey to GDPR readiness.
Swati Paul was the winner of the Solicitor of the Year - In-house Award 2017. We caught up with her to find out more about her work at London Luton Airport overseeing an innovative project that has captured the attention of airports across the globe, spearheaded industry-wide change – and secured her Excellence Award win.
Emily O’Neill, Group IP & Litigation Counsel for Spectris plc, outlines the legal conundrums to be solved in implementing internet of things (IoT) solutions.
The Law Society is running a campaign promoting England and Wales as a global legal centre. The campaign focuses on the benefits of English and Welsh law, judicial system and the profession, as well as the benefits of London as a legal hub. Funke Abimbola, general counsel at Roche, discusses why she is getting involved.
Ciarán Fenton says it’s time to redefine the role and purpose of the legal function to reflect the relationship between in-house lawyers and their business leaders.
Housing association Optivo won the Excellence In-house award at the Excellence Awards last year. We speak to its head of legal services, Katrina Robinson MBE, about her 20-year career in housing law.
Youth fashion brand Missguided is a force to be reckoned with, with profits soaring, expansion into the USA and the launch of its flagship store in London. We speak to Bhavisha Mistry about how she became Missguided’s first general counsel, why staying on brand is vital in everything her team does, and how she uses Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to explain IP rights to staff.
Corporations are seeking to mitigate the risks associated with data flows beyond Europe’s borders. Measures such as binding corporate rules, though cumbersome, slow and costly, are for many a sensible precaution, says Lewis Crofts, MLex editor-in-chief.