United Kingdom 2019 – GC Powerlist

United Kingdom 2019

Adrian Morris

Retail and Consumer Products | Tesco

Team size: 200 Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Pinsent Masons The GC hot seat at Tesco is not to be taken...

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Alan Porter

Insurance | Prudential

Team size: 150 Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom,...

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Alice Hou

TMT | Citymapper

Team size: 2 Major law firms used: Taylor Wessing In early 2016, transport app Citymapper rose $40m of Series B financing from Index Ventures and Benchmark Capital, the latter a...

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Alice Marsden

Retail and Consumer Products | Thomas Cook

Team size: 40 Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Latham & Watkins, Lighthouse Law, Slaughter and May When profiled for last year’s GC Powerlist,...

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Alison Charnock

Retail and Consumer Products | Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Team size: 10 Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, Ashurst, DWF, Eversheds Sutherland, Shoosmiths It has been a difficult time at £17bn-turnover, listed supermarket giant Morrisons. Major litigation over...

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Editor Message

The research process for the GC Powerlist has grown substantially since the first report was published in 2013, and now encompasses online nominations as well as substantial interviews with senior general counsel (GCs) and private practitioners.

The first stage for the 2019 report began in early December with the launch of an online survey to canvass recommendations for outstanding GCs.. …read more

The online survey posed the following questions:

  • Which individual GC would you highlight as outstanding in terms of performance and overall contribution?
  • What qualities would you say make this lawyer outstanding?
  • What career achievements would you highlight that illustrate their abilities and potential?

Separately, a team of journalists in November began researching the report via interviews with senior lawyers in-house and private practice to canvass nominations. The core team comprised corporate counsel editor Hamish McNicol and senior reporter Tom Baker, who have regularly covered in-house and deal with GCs for Legal Business and The In-House Lawyer, as well as research writer and reporter Anna Cole-Bailey. City editor Nathalie Tidman, senior reporter Marco Cillario and reporter Thomas Alan also contributed with extensive private practice interviews.

The research period continued into mid-February, with the final names reviewed by Legal Business’s editors, from which we aimed to draw up a list of 102 outstanding individuals.

With the core research, we were looking to individuals that have a strong track record in developing talent, implementing inventive and thoughtful new projects and systems, and those with a demonstrable record of working on successful initiatives.

Weight was given to individuals that received multiple recommendations or those that could demonstrate commercial qualities beyond legal skills. Even more weight was given to the seniority and credibility of those nominating or vouching for individuals. We in addition often looked for credible third-party citations.

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Vision, purpose, focus. In my experience as a managing partner, these are essential ingredients for high performance organisations; essential ingredients for high performance teams; and essential ingredients for high performance individuals.

The GC Powerlist 2019 backs that up. And with some impact.

From cover to cover, the Powerlist is a ‘who’s who’ of senior in-house lawyers who have demonstrated the vision, purpose and focus to run legal teams that add true commercial value to their businesses. And that value is increasingly recognised at the highest level. Many of the GCs listed have already taken that coveted step to occupy a seat at the boardroom table; the rest are well on their way.

Of course, clarity of vision, purpose, and focus – while critical – can only take you so far. It’s the values you espouse and the behaviours that you demonstrate day to day which determine the
extent to which you succeed – or fail – in achieving your ambitions. And in helping your organisations achieve theirs.

Many of the most successful GCs we come across at RPC – a good number of whom I’m pleased to see in this year’s Powerlist – are cut from a common cloth. They share a single-minded service mindset, acutely focused on cutting through the background noise to deliver solutions, simply and effectively.

Client focus, for them, is second nature. It’s the starting point. They put the interests of their internal clients – and the business as a whole – front and centre in every decision they make. And they are disciplined in their approach to delivering on the commitments they make, big and small.

The true leaders are supremely collaborative. They work together inside and outside their teams – inside and outside their organisations – to bring out the best in each other for the good of the business, and the good of the people they work with.

And finally – as I wrote about at length here last year – they understand the value of diversity, in its broadest sense. By that I mean diversity of thought, diversity of experience and diversity of leadership. Importantly, they don’t just understand it, they deliver on it.

There are, of course, many differences between running a law firm and running an in-house legal team. But it strikes me that – as with these values – there are many similarities, too. Like a managing partner, GCs must focus on consistently providing the business with the best technical and commercial advice; they must deliver on their commitments to clients, all the time, every time; and, to achieve this, they must bring out the best in the people around them.

Those are the disciplines, the values, and the behaviours I obsess about at RPC. Looking through the Powerlist – and reading about the achievements of those included – tells me we in private practice can continue to learn a lot from looking at the way our in-house counterparts operate.

At RPC, we’ve been involved with the GC Powerlist since its inception over seven years ago, and we’ve certainly learned plenty along the way. It was then – and it remains now – the definitive line-up of the leading and most forward-thinking in-house lawyers in the market.

Congratulations to all those featured.

James Miller
Managing partner Tel: 020 3060 6517