The In-House Perspective January 2010

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What am I bid?
Philip Hoult

With legal expenditure increasingly under the spotlight, some general counsel are looking again at how to introduce greater competitive tension into their procurement processes. Philip Hoult reports. 

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Supply chain management
Neil Hodge

In the wake of the credit crunch, companies are re-examining their supply chain management. This article considers how to manage the risk involved and the contingency procedures companies should have in place.

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This story is not over yet
Jonathan Watson 

The EU Environmental Liability Directive seeks to harmonise environmental liability rules across the EU. However, there are still significant differences between jurisdictions, says Jonathan Watson. 

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Foreign affairs
Philip Hoult

General counsel should anticipate – not just react to – growing legal demand overseas. But setting up a local or regional legal department can be tough, writes Philip Hoult. 

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World trade
Adrienne Margolis

Following the recent world trade talks in Doha, Adrienne Margolis investigates the current status of the multilateral agreement to liberalise trade and the impact this may have for lawyers around the world.

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Bribery and corruption
Neil Baker 

Is the UK finally taking overseas bribery and corruption seriously, asks Neil Baker.

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Contract construction after Chartbrook
Peter Ashford

With contracts being of vital importance to businesses, this article examines what lawyers need to consider in the construction of contracts.

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From the IBA Annual Conference in Madrid

Corporate Counsel Forum working session: The evolving role of Asian corporate counsel

Asian economies have, over the past decade, shown significant growth both in terms of domestic and foreign investments. The multinational culture has significantly influenced the behaviour of corporate counsel in Asian corporations. The Asian corporate counsel has shed the traditional role of being in the back room and has now moved on to be a part of the business process, securing a front-end role. Their involvement in recent times with matters of CSR, compliance and corporate governance has given their job a whole new dimension.

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Trademark owners should open their umbrellas: the impending downpour of new top level domains
Anne Gilson LaLonde

With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accepting applications for new generic top level domains, corporate counsel need to be aware of the new domain name process and understand what procedures their companies need to employ to protect their marks from cybersquatters.

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Profile - Owen Jonathan 

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