The smoking section - British American Tobacco's GC in profile
During the 1640s, lawyers in Virginia were paid in pounds of tobacco - a way of working that would continue to suit British American Tobacco (BAT) quite nicely, jokes the company's general counsel, Neil Withington. But resigned to the likely failure of resurrecting such a payment method, Withington is instead focusing on the rather more 21st century concept of legal process outsourcing as he bids to keep BAT's external legal spend as tight as possible.
British American Tobacco GC Neil Withington tells Alex Aldridge about the outsourcing deal he struck with Lovells and recalls his early days at ICI in a team of lawyers destined for the top
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