Author Archives: William Barns-Graham

Being a Green Counsel as well as a General Counsel

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For all the talk of the challenges that the recent credit crunch and economic crises have bought to the corporate world, the greatest issue in relation to corporate responsibility has, perhaps, been, repetitively, ignored. Environmental complacency is not isolated to the corporate world, but undoubtedly the corporate world is amongst the guiltiest parties in terms of environmental irresponsibility in society ... Read More »

Should in-house lawyers be paid more?

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In-house lawyers believe they should be paid more according to a recent Legal Week ‘Big Question’ survey. The greatest source of discontent appears to be disgruntlement about how bonuses paid to in-house lawyers, reflecting legal team performance rather than overall company performance. The survey has reported that in comparison to other senior executive roles, in-house lawyers are ‘slightly underpaid – ... Read More »

Man City and PSG found to have breached FFP rules

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UEFA have made their first FFP-sized bite into financial irresponsibility in European football. Following years of sugar daddy investments and gargantuan losses among the elite (and less elite) clubs in Europe, UEFA is finally executing its first punishments relating to its Financial Fair Play rules, designed to combat against financial irresponsibility. Under 20 clubs are understood to have breached FFP ... Read More »

Put Up a United Front – lessons in-house lawyers can learn from David Moyes’ sacking

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So another week in football goes by with sackings, title swings and Champions League semi-final thrashings by the new pretenders against the former favourites. The major news story in England, despite the actual football-related dramas in the Premier League and Champions League, has, of course, been David Moyes’ sacking. With the legal related issues to do with the inevitable closure ... Read More »

GCRC Sports Panel – Using Data as an Asset

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GCRC Sports is the part of the GC Research Club that allows in-house lawyers from the sports sector to meet and discuss, at our panel events or online, the things that matter to them. In the fifth of a series of articles based on the discussions held at the second GCRC Sports Panel in January, we will be looking into ... Read More »

GCRC Interview: David Howarth, University of Cambridge

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Our latest GCRC interview is with David Howarth, a Reader in Law at the University of Cambridge. David has become a notable writer and speaker about the legal industry. His recent book, ‘Law as Engineering’, caught our attention as an enlightening new perspective about the role of lawyers today and in the future, especially in the light of the still unravelling impact of the economic crash in 2008 on the legal industry. Read More »

Smart but Risky – Mobile Devices in the Legal Department

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So everyone is doing everything on their phones these days. Shopping, planning, working, gaming and maybe even calling people with it too. Even more startling, lawyers aren’t excluded from this either. Google docs and calendar, bill tracking applications and legal knowledge apps, and all sorts of other tools on your handheld device - I haven’t even mentioned email yet. Read More »

GCRC Startups and Innovation – Matt Faustman, UpCounsel

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Our latest GCRC Interview our series about startups in the legal market, The interest in legal tech and innovation is huge at the moment as VCs look to seize the moment amid the shifting legal climate. This interview is with Matt Faustman from UpCounsel. To find out more about UpCounsel, you can have a look at their website: https://www.upcounsel.com/ For ... Read More »

GCRC Startups and Innovation – Jawad Ansari, AssistMyCase

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Our latest GCRC Interview in our series about startups in the legal market. The interest in legal tech and innovation is huge at the moment as VCs look to seize the moment amid the shifting legal climate. This interview is with Jawad Ansari from AssistMyCase. To find out more about AssistMyCase, you can have a look at their website: https://www.assistmycase.com/ ... Read More »

Local Authority Legal Teams Pursue ABS Model Amid Public Sector Cuts

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Another year, another budget, and another debate about class. It was ever thus. But aside from ‘them working class lot’ with their bingo and beer, it appears that local authority legal teams are becoming more and more drawn towards privatization, such are the cuts being made to the public sector. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the country’s 363 local ... Read More »

GCRC Startups and Innovation – Anna Ronkainen, TrademarkNow

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Our latest GCRC Interview in our series about startups in the legal market. The interest in legal tech and innovation is huge at the moment as VCs look to seize the moment amid the shifting legal climate. This interview is with Anna Ronkainen from TrademarkNow. To find out more about TrademarkNow, you can have a look at their website: www.trademarknow.com ... Read More »

GCRC Startups and Innovation – Priya Iyer, Anaqua

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Our latest GCRC Interview in our series about startups in the legal market. The interest in legal tech and innovation is huge at the moment as VCs look to seize the moment amid the shifting legal climate. This interview is with Priya Iyer from Anaqua. For the benefit of our readers, what does Anaqua do and what kind of problems ... Read More »

GCRC Startups and Innovation – Colin Rule, Modria

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Our latest GCRC Interview in our series about startups in the legal market. The interest in legal tech and innovation is huge at the moment as VCs look to seize the moment amid the shifting legal climate. This interview is with Colin Rule from Modria. To find out more about Modria, you can have a look at their website: www.modria.com/ ... Read More »