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In-House Lawyers' Association

170 sign up with in-house breakawayNote: Anthony Armitage is First Law's director and founderThe In-house Lawyers’ Association (IHLA), the newly-formed breakaway group from the Commerce & Industry Group (C&I), has reported a rapidly expanding membership with about 170 in-house counsel ...

New representative body for in-house lawyers

In-fightingThey say his position was compromised. He says they just didn’t want to change. Why did Anthony Armitage resign as vice-chair of the C&I Group to set up a rival organisation? By Jon Robins In the usually calm environs of ...

First Law tool kit to obtain best value from lawyers

The darker side of lawyer-client relationshipsAnthony Armitage examines how in-house lawyers are refining the way they outsource their legal work to private practice and asks whether creating a more competitive environment will be a help or a hindrance(Anthony Armitage is ...

How to avoid lawyers overcharging

Bare facts of billing Dissatisfied with the quality of billing information from law firms, in-house lawyers are producing their own letters of engagement and calling on external practices to show more transparency, discovers Lucy TrevelyanGeneral counsel have had enough. Fed ...

First Law's guide to controlling legal costs

In-house lawyers rebuke firms over lack of transparency and information on billsReport by Rachel RothwellGeneral counsel are frustrated by law firms’ unwillingness to be open about pricing information, research revealed this week – and are spending up to three working ...

Dickinson Dees Joins Housing Roster

Housing Corporation set to invest over £3bn into social housing over next three years for first ever national panel The pitching process was managed by independent consultants First Law. Director Anthony Armitage said that 28 firms applied when the tender ...