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The age of the lawyer

Published on 25 April 2017. By James Miller, Managing Partner

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Earlier this month Legal Business published its fifth GC Powerlist UK. The intervening 12 months since the last edition have been some of the most seismic in living memory. This is my take – first published in the Powerlist – on some of the implications for General Counsel and in-house lawyers.

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3 Rivers (No5) floods back to potentially drown legal advice privilege?

Published on 19 December 2016. By Emma Griffiths, Senior Associate and Bruce Macmillan,

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A crisp and narrow focus, of particular relevance to US and financial services companies, has just been placed on the terms client, legal advice and lawyers' working papers by two recent first instance cases that have applied the decisions made in 3 Rivers (No5)

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"For success and resilience – diversify!"

Published on 30 November 2016. By Bruce Macmillan,

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When PayPal, Uber, Acritas, Springer Nature, Legal & General Group Plc and RPC are all reported as saying the same thing on the same day – that diversifying your legal department and your law firm client contact team is good for business – then…. hopefully, the message will start to sink in!

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The FCA gives its provisional view on regulating the role of the GC.

Published on 10 October 2016. By Bruce Macmillan,

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In house lawyers have different roles but, fundamentally, many will help their businesses identify legal risks and define a tolerance towards those risks. They then use Contracts, Advice & Training (CAT) to keep those Risks At Tolerance (RAT) – they use CATs to control RATs.

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Time for the navigator!

Published on 29 September 2016. By Bruce Macmillan,

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Why the current clouds of Brexit uncertainty present a unique opportunity for you

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6 top priorities for GCs following the Brexit vote

29 June 2016

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6 clear priorities for in house legal leaders emerged from the dialogue that I had with Bruce Macmillan, the former in-house lawyer who heads our Centre for Legal Leadership:

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Brexit and "Topsyturvydom": Wish-casting and dog-whistles portrayed as "fact" and vice versa

22 June 2016

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While I have been absorbing the "debate" about Brexit over the past few weeks, the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan have increasingly been coming to mind. Those gentlemen were legendary for creating comic "Topsy Turvy" situations where absurd scenarios were taken to even more absurd, but apparently logical, conclusions to great comic effect. More recently the term "topsy turvy" has also come to mean "Upside down" and/or "a state of total chaos".

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Business people who happen to be lawyers – celebrating the best of the best GCs

26 April 2016

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Earlier this month saw the publication of the fourth edition of Legal Business' GC Powerlist – in my opinion, the definitive list of the top in-house counsel in the UK. In the publication I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts on the state of the market – this is what I said:

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Breaking the mould, being unreasonable, and building a bank that people value

20 April 2016

Anthony Thomson is an unreasonable man. Or so he told us at last month's event at The South Place Hotel, concluding RPC and GC Magazine's Dissenting Perspectives series of three speaker events.

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Feeling surprised? Why Financial Services GCs should complete this governance survey; and why others should watch this space

Published on 21 March 2016. By Bruce Macmillan,

Our Smarter Law blogs often focus on the importance for GCs of looking ahead at the law and regulation that is known to be coming and doing their best to help their business to be aware of and prepared for anticipatable change in good time – after all, no one likes to have been surprised by the predictable.

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