Outsourcing legal teams – Will it ever be more than flavour of the month?

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It’s not often a FTSE 100 GC and a law firm offer themselves up to the media to discuss a deal. Even panel review stories rarely elicit comment beyond a few contrived lines about ‘innovation’, ‘alignment’ and ‘deeper relationships’. So when BT legal chief Sabine Chalmers and DWF arranged conference calls in the summer to …

The greater good

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Matthew Scully, Clifford Chance: There are two things that I wanted to touch on: first, whether there is such a thing as a good culture – I would say there is no one good corporate culture for all businesses but there are perhaps some basic common features – and, second, the notion of ‘tone from …

Our corporate soul

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‘If your boss demands loyalty, give him integrity. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty.’ USAF Colonel John Boyd, quoted in Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram

A different mindset

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Alex Novarese, The In-House Lawyer: It has been a record period for Asian activity into Europe. How do you see the general trends? Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, Hinduja Group: China is an issue, because the main difference between the Asian companies, European companies and Chinese companies is that Chinese companies are directly or indirectly state-owned. The second …

When the tide goes out

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There is a long-established truism among white-collar crime lawyers that when a country goes into a recession, financial crime rises to the surface. And with various reports suggesting Brexit uncertainty and low business confidence could tip the UK economy into a downturn, those specialists are predicting more work will hit desks soon.

Different strokes

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Rachel Gonzalez, general counsel, Starbucks Starbucks has a fundamental business tenet that we are creating a welcoming place for all people, and that means inclusion and diversity is critical to our success. We provide inclusion training and tools to managers to ensure we are preparing all leaders to foster a diverse culture based on merit.

Change is the only certainty

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Alex Novarese, The In-House Lawyer: How well do employment lawyers and the legal teams inside in house operations generally work with the HR department?