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ITV changes legal panel

28th May 2012

ITV have made another major change to their legal panel, with six firms taking up contracts with the broadcasters and two high profile, London-based commercial practices losing out.

A number of legal jobs have been awarded on a three-year basis by the UK’s leading commercial TV network, an announcement that comes four years after it downsized its panel from fifty advising firms to just nine.

Andrew Garard, ITV’s general counsel, once again led the extensive and far-reaching review. In 2008, he dramatically changed the company’s arrangement with its existing legal team, eschewing billable hours and switching instead to fixed fees.

Garard became legal director at the network in September 2007, having previously held a similar role with Cable & Wireless and been a corporate partner with a New York-headquartered practice.

The broadcaster has not ruled out making further changes following these new appointments but is not revealing any more details at present.