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Profile: Peter Beshar, Marsh & McLennan

April 2018 – FEATURE: Peter Beshar, General Counsel at Marsh & McLennan, on learning the language of business, developing a greater risk appetite, trying to provide certainty on cybercrime and embracing social media. Beshar also emphasises the power of the CEO to set the tone from the top and the benefits for the GC in having a strong relationship with them. Read more...


Q&A: Margot Day, UK General Counsel, Arcadis

April 2018 – FEATURE: Margot Day, UK General Counsel at Arcadis, on working in the construction industry, making diversity and inclusion meaningful, being viewed as a business partner and taking a global approach to work. Read more...


Disruptive technology: rise of the legal startups

April 2018 – FEATURE: Innovative technology has hit the legal profession. Tom Bangay asks whether so-called LawTech represents the beginning of the tech revolution, and what it means for in-house lawyers. Read more...


Legal operations professionals: focus on efficiency

April 2018 – FEATURE: The inclusion of legal operations professionals in the in-house team is becoming more common. Diana Bentley looks at why the role is needed and what it involves. Read more...


Supporting the workforce through Brexit

April 2018 – FEATURE: Negotiations to allow the UK to leave the EU have been fraught with difficulty. Lucy Trevelyan asks whether the agreement of a ‘settled status’ for EU citizens living in the UK offers enough certainty to allow the country to attract and retain vital foreign workers. Read more...


Women in the law: an in-house perspective

December 2017 – FEATURE: Yola Verbruggen talks to in-house lawyers about the ways they can shape the culture of external law firms from their influential position as the client. By making it clear that diversity is a requirement and long hours are not, for example, in-house lawyers can help facilitate a more flexible and inclusive workplace culture at the law firms they engage. Read more...


Profile: Stretch Kontelj, Specsavers

November 2017 – PROFILE: Diana Bentley speaks to Stretch Kontelj about the need for in-house lawyers to continually reinvent themselves, his own experiences both in legal and non-legal fields and his ambitions for his legal team and the organisation as a whole. Read more...


GDPR: time to take data protection seriously

November 2017 – FEATURE: The EU General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018, bringing with it the potential for large fines for non-compliance. Lucy Trevelyan explains why boards and in-house counsel must take note. Read more...


Legal privilege: getting it right

November 2017 – FEATURE: Regulators are pushing for greater clarification of how legal privilege is used by in-house lawyers. Neil Hodge looks at how the remit of legal privilege is evolving and the impact any changes could have. Read more...


Profile: Rosemary Martin, Vodafone

October 2017 – PROFILE: Yola Verbruggen speaks to the General Counsel of Vodafone about diversity, innovation, telecoms regulation and the role of in-house lawyers. Read more...


Rise of the robots: the implications for legal teams

October 2017 – FEATURE: Are white-collar jobs under threat from artificial intelligence? Lucy Trevelyan investigates. Read more...


Delegating work outside the legal team

October 2017 – FEATURE: Diana Bentley explains how delegation can be the key to managing the in-house legal team’s workload. Read more...


Women on boards: time to target executives

May 2017 – FEATURE: Resetting the gender imbalance in companies should start at board level, but the progression of women to senior positions remains hampered by corporate culture. Lucy Trevelyan explores some of the approaches being used globally, from quotas to stakeholder initiatives, to move away from the ‘male, pale and stale brigade’. Read more…

Film: Funke Abimbola, General Counsel, Roche UK on diversity and compliance


Profile: Thomas Laubert, Daimler AG

May 2017 – PROFILE: The German car giant’s Group General Counsel, in post since March 2017, discusses driverless cars, emissions requirements, next-generation electric vehicles – and the legal considerations that come into play. In a fast-moving and regulation-heavy industry, Laubert says the role of lawyers has moved from reactively being involved in issues to actively managing them. Read more…

Related: Technology 2030 - assessing the future


Competition law: avoiding bad behaviour

May 2017 – FEATURE: Last year signalled a tougher stance by regulators to crack down on cartels – from the European Commission’s €2.9bn fine on five truck producers, to South Africa’s move making directors criminally liable for cartel activity. But, says Neil Hodge, whether it’s leniency programmes or antitrust compliance training, companies must also put their own house in order. Read more…

Also read: UK competition regime changes enable regulator to be more aggressive


Professional development: how to make it work for you

May 2017 – FEATURE: In-house lawyers must not only maintain their legal expertise amid a torrent of new laws, but they must also have an up-to-date skillset that takes in business functions, technology, risk management and more. Diana Bentley examines the continuing professional development needs of in-house teams, and some of the learning approaches and requirements that apply. Read more…

Resources: IBA guides, rules and other free materials


Clear thinking on cloud governance

January 2017 – FEATURE: More companies are turning to the cloud for their data storage needs, prompting in-house lawyers to be alert to incorrect assumptions about liability, risk and intellectual property. As new European data protection rules edge closer, Neil Hodge examines some of the contract, licensing and security issues that can be addressed by effective cloud governance. Read more…


Profile: Felix Ehrat, Novartis

January 2017 – INTERVIEW: Leaving behind 25 years in private practice to work in-house, the Group General Counsel of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant sits on its executive committee alongside commercial leaders. He explains the company’s major conversion to a new, fully integrated model, the role of the 900-strong global legal department, and the market pressures and uncertainties ahead. Read more…

Pharma update: the latest wave of M&A deals and life after the patent cliff


High stakes: addressing executive pay

January 2017 – FEATURE: With the income gap between senior executives and average workers still growing, Lucy Trevelyan considers the latest views on how governments and company shareholders can tackle the issue – from more transparency on pay ratios to greater focus on long-term strategy – and the role of in-house lawyers as the ‘corporate conscience’. Read more…

Related: have requirements for reporting on executive pay had an impact?


Reputational risk – how to plan and respond to crisis

January 2017 – FEATURE: Globalisation has brought business expansion but also increased operational and reputational risk. Diana Bentley explores how today’s in-house counsel must be fully involved in managing the public face of the company – and ensuring the response to any crisis does not make matters worse. Read more…

Also read: the major reputational repair job facing VW


Q&A: Robin Macpherson, Valad Europe

January 2017 – INTERVIEW: With general counsel, compliance officer and head of risk brought under one hat at the pan-European real estate investment manager, Robin Macpherson explains what it’s like in the role. In conversation with Ruth Green, he outlines his role in managing day-to-day legal matters and the broader risk architecture of the business. Read more…


The dangers within: employee disloyalty

November 2016 – FEATURE: From selling passwords to stealing market-sensitive data, aggrieved workers can significantly damage or disrupt company operations through malicious acts. Looking at some recent cases, Neil Hodge examines the risk management tools available to in-house team, from legislative mechanisms to monitoring staff communications. Read more…


Q&A: Angela Li, Alibaba

November 2016 – INTERVIEW: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s mission is to ‘make it easy to do business anywhere’. For head of soft IP, Angela Li, that means protecting and enforcing the group’s intellectual property rights worldwide. She discusses her team’s work on trademarks, copyright and domain names, and coping with daily challenges in a fast-paced environment. Read more…

Related: Alibaba takes action to reduce counterfeit goods on its sites


Anti-corruption: the latest global picture

November 2016 – FEATURE: Global efforts to clamp down on corruption are put into perspective by Transparency International’s finding that 68 per cent of countries have a serious problem. Assessing the approach in different jurisdictions, Lucy Trevelyan considers the transactional and market risks, and the role of in-house lawyers in setting a business culture of compliance. Read more…

Related: ‘Corruption undercuts sustainable and inclusive growth’, says International Monetary Fund head,
Christine Lagarde


Call to action: whistleblower hotlines

August 2016 – FEATURE: With recent surveys highlighting the potential scale of unethical and corrupt behaviour in business, Neil Hodge examines the role of whistleblower hotlines and policies – and the role of in-house lawyers in implementing and reviewing them. Read more…

Related: Webcast with Chair of OECD Working Group on Bribery


Profile: Charlotte Heiss, RSA Insurance Group

August 2016 – INTERVIEW: After leading her team through group-wide streamlining, RSA’s new chief legal officer is enjoying the strategic challenges of an executive committee role, while helping the organisation stay fit for purpose and customer-focused in the face of market changes and European legislation. Read more…


Cyber-attacks: are you ready?

August 2016 – FEATURE: Data breaches from cyber-attacks have huge destructive potential for any business. As Lucy Trevelyan explains, in-house lawyers should be at the heart of resilience planning to minimise risks and avoid operational paralysis if the hackers strike. Read more…

Related: Podcast on cyber-security – Anders Fogh Rasmussen and other high-profile speakers discuss online security and the rising threat of attacks


Q&A: Gemma Aiolfi, Basel Institute on Governance

August 2016 – INTERVIEW: Advising on how to address bribery and corruption, the Institute’s head of compliance, corporate governance and collective action has plenty of insight into the risks and solutions for global businesses. Read more…


Supply chains: managing the risks

May 2016 – FEATURE: With more companies outsourcing than ever before, the legal and ethical behaviour of contractors is now a major priority for general counsel. As Neil Hodge explains, businesses are increasingly being held to account for their suppliers’ failings, from bribery to forced labour, driving compliance and better supply chain monitoring. Read more…


Profile: Lesley Wan, Lloyds Banking Group

May 2016 – INTERVIEW: Ten years on from joining the bank as real estate finance counsel, Lesley Wann is proof positive of the broader role of in-house lawyers – helping deliver major efficiencies to address a challenging lending market, while also championing a host of diversity and training initiatives. Read more…


Influencing proposed legislation – an integrated strategy

May 2016 – FEATURE: Preparing for planned new regulation or legislative reform, and even attempting to shape it, is a critical issue for business. Corporate counsel must often work closely with various internal departments and external teams, from law firms to lobbyists, requiring a holistic and forward-looking strategy. Ben Rigby reports. Read more…


Class actions: the Consumer Rights Act

March 2016 – FEATURE: New opt-out collective action rules in the UK mark a major shift in the way consumers can take action against businesses found guilty of anti-competitive practices. Outlining the recently introduced legislation, Neil Hodge asks lawyers for their views on the likely impact on companies and claims. Read more…


Q&A: David Howard, Microsoft

March 2016 – INTERVIEW: The tech giant’s corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel for litigation discusses the growing conflict over whose laws apply to information – including Microsoft’s current challenge to a US Government search warrant. With the law lagging behind internet advances, he speaks to Ruth Green about balancing security and privacy. Read more…


4MLD: burden or benefit?

March 2016 – FEATURE: EU Member States have until June 2017 to implement the latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive, unless plans to speed through the legislation to more urgently tackle terrorist funding get the go ahead. Lucy Trevelyan reports. Read more…


Oil and gas focus: Michael Coates, Shell

March 2016 – INTERVIEW: In what are uncertain times for oil markets, Royal Dutch Shell’s UK head of legal and associate general counsel of global downstream business talks to IHP about compliance and brand management. Working at the cutting edge of law, he’s a strong believer that general counsel must step over into business strategy and direction. Read more…

Watch: IBA webcast with Peter Rees QC, Royal Dutch Shell

Profile: Joss Saunders, Oxfam

March 2016 – INTERVIEW: Whether it’s humanitarian response, gender-based violence or access to justice, the international aid and development charity must be prepared for many and varied legal issues. IHP gets the lowdown from its general counsel and company secretary. Read more…


A taste for the mining side of life

December 2015 – FEATURE: BHP Billiton's Chief Legal Counsel tells IHP about his move from private practice to the top in-house job at an 'iconic company'.Healy outlines the core risks BHP faces, in particular the struggling commodities market and falling Chinese demand and the resultant need for restructuring and cost-cutting. Read more…


Whistleblowing: time to come in from the cold

December 2015 – FEATURE: Jonathan Watson speaks to prominent whistleblowers about their experiences and asks whether anything has changed since they took a stand against bad behaviour. International regulators have taken varying approaches to the issue – have any of them made a difference? Read more…


Q&A: Lori Shalhoub

December 2015 – FEATURE: In-House Perspective speaks to Lori Shalhoub, General Counsel and Vice-President of External Affairs and Public Policy at FCA Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Lori tells us about the challenges facing her industry and what she misses about private practice. Read more…


Fair compensation

December 2015 – FEATURE: Changes to legislation on executive pay aim to redress the balance between those at the top and the bottom of the pecking order, for example by giving more power to shareholders to vote down unfair remuneration packages. Neil Hodge asks how effective this approach has been, and considers how general counsel can make an impact.
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Rise of the machines

August 2015 – FEATURE: Technology is becoming increasingly autonomous, a development which has blurred the lines between user and device and created a new legal identity. Arthur Piper considers the implications of living with the so-called ‘Internet of Things’. Read more...


Going it alone

August 2015 – FEATURE: The UK will hold a referendum on its EU membership in 2017. In-house counsel need to plan now for both outcomes as a matter of urgent risk management, argues Lucy Trevelyan. Read more...


Q&A: Helen Hatton

August 2015 – FEATURE: Helen Hatton, former Deputy Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, speaks to IBA Senior Reporter Rebecca Lowe about corporate secrecy and anonymous shell companies.  She is currently Managing Director of Sator Regulatory Consulting and Executive Chairman of KYC Worldwide, which offers advice on corporate governance and risk. Read more...


At the heart of energy

May 2015 – FEATURE: In-House Perspective's Rebecca Lowe speaks to Jeffrey Collins, Senior Counsel for International Policy at Chevron. Jeffrey Collins spent 20 years as a US diplomat and human rights expert, before switching course to lead Chevron’s corporate social responsibility agenda. He spoke to In-House Perspective about the global challenges facing businesses and governments – and why he’ll never work at a law firm. Read more...


Playing by the book

May 2015 – FEATURE: Neil Hodge asks whether better enforcement of anti-bribery legislation could change attitudes to corruption and bring about changes in business practice. Read more…


Social media: the evidential treasure trove

May 2015 – FEATURE: A Hamburg court has ruled that the use of ad-blocking software does not amount to to an intentional unfair obstructing of a competitor under the German Unfair Competition Act. Two German media houses had asked the court to stop ad-blocking software from blocking their online adverts. Read more…


Defending the voice

February 2015 – FEATURE:  Jeffrey Rich developed a taste for technology copyediting IT manuals as an English major. He went on to work as a senior legal adviser at two of the biggest social media companies in the world: Facebook and Twitter. In-House Perspective’s Rebecca Lowe talks to him about the legal challenges of the digital age. Read more...


Shareholder activism: the importance of maintaining a dialogue

February 2015 – FEATURE: Arthur Piper explores the nuanced relationship between companies and their owners against a backdrop of increasing investor activism. Read more...


Border crossing: working across jurisdictions

February 2015 – FEATURE: Lucy Trevelyan investigates the challenges encountered by in-house legal teams taking on cross-border work. Read more...


Banking on the future

October 2014 – FEATURE: Hugh Pugsley left behind a family law firm in Devon to become one of the leading in-house corporate lawyers in the UK. The General Counsel of Group Legal at Lloyds, and former UBS Executive Director, speaks to In-House Perspective about the need for a new style of back-to-basics banking in the wake of the financial crisis. Read more…


Knowns and unknowns: why legal risk matters

October 2014 – FEATURE: When it comes to risk management, the in-house legal team must keep one eye on emerging risk, while identifying and managing legal risk arising from day-to-day business operations, reports Arthur Piper. Read more…


Corporate crime: can lawyers be blamed?

October 2014 – FEATURE: It’s one thing to identify legal risk, it’s another to persuade colleagues to recognise and manage it. Neil Hodge considers the in-house lawyer’s position when advice goes unheard. Read more…


Tough competition

July 2014 – FEATURE: Andrea Appella first visited London in 1992 for six months, but it was not long before he returned. Twenty years later he is still based there, having worked for MTV, Time Warner and News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox). In-House Perspective’s Rebecca Lowe talks to one of the world’s top competition lawyers about the challenges of operating in the digital age. Read more…


Doing the right thing: when ethics beat compliance

July 2014 – FEATURE: Companies must look beyond legal compliance to public perception and the potential for certain activities to damage their reputation. The use of suppliers operating in emerging economies demonstrates the need to go beyond the letter of the law. Neil Hodge reports. Read more...


Give and take: in-house teams can aid business success

July 2014 – FEATURE: Around the world, innovative corporate counsel are rolling out schemes to generate additional revenue for their employers. Richard Parnham explores a range of business models being developed. Read more...


Cybercrime: fighting an international threat

April 2014 – FEATURE: Cybercrime is costing the world economy up to $500bn a year, according to the US Center for Strategic and International Studies. Yet company defences and international cooperation remain dangerously inadequate. In-House Perspective’s Rebecca Lowe reports on a global problem crying out for a global solution. Read more…


The evolving role of the GC

April 2014 – FEATURE: Sam Chadderton considers how the role of general counsel is developing to take on a more commercial and strategic focus, and describes the skills in-house lawyers should develop to adapt to the change. Read more…


Getting board appointments right

April 2014 – FEATURE: Neil Hodge reports on the recent exposure in the UK of Paul Flowers, ex-chair of the Co-op Bank, as ill-equipped to lead a major bank, which has led to questions being raised over his appointment. Many have blamed the regulator, but is that fair, or should the bank have known better? Read more…


Going global: the spread of FATCA

April 2014 – FEATURE: Among the slew of regulatory initiatives that were instigated in the US in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, FATCA stands out for its global implications. Ben Poole reports. Read more…


Back to basics

January 2014 – FEATURE: Mediation has long been underused as a form of dispute resolution. Now, however, dozens of global companies have signed a pledge to bring it into the heart of business practice. In-House Perspective’s Rebecca Lowe talks to lawyers determined to go back to basics. Read more…


Keeping pay in proportion

January 2014 – FEATURE: As regulators begin to lend legislative weight to their efforts to rein in executive pay, Neil Hodge explains the actions companies will be required to take in order to comply, and assesses whether the changes being introduced will have the desired effect. Read more…


Tool for change

January 2014 – FEATURE: Arthur Piper outlines the evolution of narrative reporting, assessing whether legislated disclosure on key topics can truly bring about a change in behaviour. Read more…


Head in the cloud

October 2013 – FEATURE: Rebecca Lowe talks to Benjamin Amaudric du Chaffaut, Google France’s Senior Legal Counsel, about life on the cutting edge of IP and data protection law. Read more...


Rolling the dice

October 2013 – FEATURE: Anthony Hilton considers the degree to which luck can be reconciled with risk management when it comes to the sound running of a business. Read more...


Taking on the regulators

October 2013 – FEATURE: Neil Hodge asks if the regulator is always right, and looks at what can be done if you think they are in the wrong. Read more...


Law and luxury in the age of austerity

July 2013 – FEATURE: Rebecca Lowe speaks to veteran of the luxury industry, Iolanda Tursi, about the challenges of her roles and the industry’s resilience in the face of austerity. Read more…


Inside an IPO

July 2013 – FEATURE: Neil Hodge reports on the best way for in-house lawyers to navigate the financial markets, with the assurance and compliance expertise that requires. Read more…


In-house humanitarians

July 2013 – FEATURE: The role of an in-house lawyer at an international NGO requires a balancing act on a social and legal tightrope. Sam Chadderton meets the in-house humanitarians. Read more…


Manager, monk, mastermind

April 2013 – FEATURE: When Jochen Zeitz was appointed CEO at Puma aged 29, he became the youngest person in German history to lead a publicly listed company. His revolutionary ideas on sustainability have since inspired business leaders across the world, including Richard Branson. Rebecca Lowe talks to a man determined to see that companies pay their way. Read more...
 


Blowing your cover

April 2013 – FEATURE: While many countries have enacted legislation to safeguard whistleblowers, and organisations have adopted policies to protect those who make potentially devastating disclosures, the reality remains that many whistleblowers still put their jobs – and sometimes their lives – in peril. Neil Hodge reports. Read more...
 


Counsel at the frontier

April 2013 – FEATURE: As the reach of business stretches ever further, in-house lawyers are facing up to an increasingly interconnected world. Scott Appleton finds out how counsel are faring  they venture into unfamiliar markets. Read more...
 


Projecting global power

January 2013 – FEATURE: Financing and delivering the world’s biggest projects requires an Olympian undertaking in itself. Scott Appleton analyses a new world order in which few have the muscle to bring home the gold. European construction groups are increasingly looking beyond their domestic markets for opportunities, but finding new and more demanding commercial and legal issues as they spread around the world. Read more...


Principles over profits

January 2013 – FEATURE: IHP profiles Margaret Cole, UK General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Margaret Cole took on the Maxwell family and BCCI during the corporate scandal era of the 1990s, before taking aim at insider dealing in the darkest days of the financial crisis. Rebecca Lowe talks to a litigator, regulator and general counsel determined to make a difference. Read more...


Workers of the world

January 2013 – FEATURE: Trade unions are cementing international cooperation with each other, through global umbrella organisations. Neil Hodge reports on the rise of the Global Union Federations. Companies and trades unions have never been the easiest of bedfellows. In many cases the relationship has been both combative and destructive. But recent developments in the world of unionism signal that, despite declining membership … Read more...


Getting serious about sanctions

November 2012 – FEATURE: Banks have paid billions of dollars in fines for breaching US sanctions regulations in recent years. As sanctions continue to ratchet up across the world, Rebecca Lowe asks if companies are doing enough to stay on the right side of the law. Between them, HSBC, Barclays, ING, Lloyds, ABN Amro, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered have paid out over $3bn in fines for recent sanctions and money laundering offences. Read more...


From shareholders to paymasters

November 2012 FEATURE: Will the financial crisis finally give shareholders control over the pay packages of their executives? Neil Hodge considers the latest proposals to boost accountability at the top. After five years of recession or continual slow growth, there is nothing more contentious than rising executive pay while employee numbers are cut and profits and share prices tumble. Read more...


ECJ denies standing to in-house lawyers

November 2012 FEATURE: With its dismissal of the appeal in the case of Prezes Urz du Komunikacji Elektronicznej v Commission, the EU’s highest court has confirmed that in-house lawyers have no standing to bring a case before them. Ben Rigby reports. The conclusion of the Prezes case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has led to consternation from general counsel, who find themselves denied standing at the EU’s top court. Read more...