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Accenture

The in-house legal function at professional services giant Accenture prides itself on embracing innovation and emulating the wider company’s global structure. Bucking the trend of many in-house legal departments, its structure is arranged mainly along specialist lines. The function is split into three divisions: sales and delivery; CORE (compliance, offerings, regulatory and entities); and litigation. …

AIG Europe

The in-house legal team of mostly – unsurprisingly – insurance lawyers at AIG, spread across more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), sees itself as a genuine strategic partner of the broader business. ‘[Legal is] the moral compass of the business. You can’t just be the law department; it’s about …

Angelique de Lafontaine

Angelique de Lafontaine photo Senior legal advisor | Bupa

RISING STARS: GCS OF TOMORROW

International healthcare company Bupa recently launched a digital innovation incubator called Blue Table, supported by Bupa Customer Lab. The initiative offers start-ups and small businesses a chance to pilot ideas inside Bupa over a ten-week programme, with Bupa looking for innovations that address customer challenges in insurance and health. Bupa …

Anoop Joshi

Anoop Joshi photo Legal counsel | Skyscanner

RISING STARS: GCS OF TOMORROW

The Skyscanner legal team has been a prominent supporter of local talent, running monthly drop-in clinics for companies affiliated with Edinburgh-basedtech incubator CodeBase .Building these relationships has in turn allowed GC Carolyn Jameson to bring new skills and approaches to the legal team. Last year, Anoop Joshi joined Skyscanner from …

Associated British Foods

Ask Associated British Foods (ABF) director of legal services and company secretary Paul Lister why he thinks his inhouse legal team is well regarded, and he points to how visible the broader £15bn-plus food, ingredients and retail multinational has been in recent years. ‘We buy and sell a lot of firms,’ he says. ‘Commercial is …

Aviva

The strength of leadership in the highly-regarded in-house team at FTSE 100 insurer Aviva is consistently praised, even as the team saw significant change over the last year. And it is not just the high-profile GC and company secretary Kirsty Cooper whose leadership is pointed to: new GC for UK insurance Alison Gammon, GC for …

BAE Systems

‘This is, you will be pleased to know, a very, very, heavily regulated industry,’ defence multinational BAE Systems group GC Philip Bramwell says. ‘We have, from the boardroom down, no appetite for breaching laws or regulations.’ Bramwell, a veteran lawyer of more than 30 years, including time as GC at mobile operator O2, is enjoying …

Balfour Beatty

It feels an age since global infrastructure group Balfour Beatty announced its seventh profit warning in a couple of years, had its chief executive quit and was in the midst of merger talks with rival construction group Carillion. But this was little more than three years ago. Carillion recently spectacularly collapsed. Balfour Beatty, meanwhile, in …

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ask any financial services institution’s in-house team to name their main challenge of recent years and many will point to what the team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) describes as ‘unprecedented levels of regulatory change’. It is in this context the BAML legal team of more than 150, servicing the business across 21 …

Barclays

Freeze the regulatory environment of today and Barclays group GC Bob Hoyt believes the 740-strong legal team would still have a lot of work to understand and safely operate the financial services giant within that legal framework. But add to that how dynamic the framework is, and how much regulation is changing in the US …

British Airways

You do not have to be an aviation geek to join the lean British Airways (BA) in-house legal team, but head of legal and company secretary Andrew Fleming believes the combination of the airline’s brand and the nature of the work attracts strong talent regardless, allowing him to be picky about who he hires: ‘That’s …

BT

Everyone has a view on BT, which veteran legal chief Chris Fowler believes has one of the most complicated stakeholder environments he has ever worked in. ‘You’ve got shareholders, customers, suppliers, regulators, governments and agencies around the world and they all have multiple demands and considerations: you could be dealing with government, but it’s also …

Bupa

A recurring theme among leading in-house legal teams is the ability to not just provide technical legal advice, but to supplement it with business nous. This is the philosophy Penny Dudley, Bupa’s chief legal officer since early 2016, tries to instil in her team of more than 150 working across 13 countries. ‘The legal function …

Canon Europe

The Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters of global imaging technologies and services business Canon covers operations in over 100 countries across the region. Led from the UK by senior vice president for legal, intellectual property and sustainability, David Bateson, a team of 30 lawyers located in a number of regional offices supports a broad …

Claire Singleton

Claire Singleton photo General counsel - corporate and Legal & General Capital | Legal & General

One of the distinguishing features of the Legal & General in-house team, says group GC Geo rey Timms, is its close involvement in transactional work. Claire Singleton, who handles all the company’s significant M&A deals, has been a particularly important figure. Last year she ran Legal& General’s sale of its Mature Savings unit to Swiss …

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