Powerlist Members

Adrian Morris

Adrian Morris photo 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 lightly. The last few years have been particularly pressurised thanks to fierce litigation and monumental M&A deals. The man tasked with overseeing these thorny legal …

Alan Porter

Alan Porter photo 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, Slaughter and May” Alan Porter, GC of Prudential, has had a storied in-house career and is still offering experience and sound judgement in spades. Porter …

Alice Hou

Alice Hou photo 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 US venture capital firm which was one of the early backers of Uber. That money, alongside a $10m funding round in 2014, reportedly valued the …

Alice Marsden

Alice Marsden photo 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, Thomas Cook GC Alice Marsden vowed to make 2018 the year of tech. She has duly delivered. Most conspicuously, this has been achieved by the …

Alison Charnock

Alison Charnock photo 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 a data breach, a £1bn equal pay claim and a major fire at a supermarket in Folkestone have dominated 2018. Head of legal Alison Charnock …

Alison Kay

Alison Kay photo Energy | National Grid

Team size: 200 Major law firms used: Addleshaw Goddard, BDB Pitmans, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Dentons, DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills, Irwin Mitchell, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Shakespeare Martineau In 2017, the in-house legal team at National Grid agreed to reduce its spend by 25% over three years …

Amanda Hamilton-Stanley

Amanda Hamilton-Stanley photo Retail and Consumer Products | Pernod Ricard

Team size: 35 in the HQ team Major law firms used: Clifford Chance, DWF, Macfarlanes, RPC, Shepherd and Wedderburn Amanda Hamilton-Stanley is relishing the opportunity of being group GC of French wines and spirits company Pernod Ricard, having ascended to the role in September. She replaced veteran GC Ian FitzSimons after he stepped down following …

Andrea Harris

Andrea Harris photo TMT | WPP

Team size: 130 (22 core team) Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, Bristows, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Simkins, Slaughter and May The world’s largest marketing and public relations company went through a period of considerable change in 2018. British multinational WPP, which pulled in more than £15bn in revenue last year, saw its …

Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming photo Real Estate, Transport and Infrastructure | British Airways

Team size: 28 Major law firms used: Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Linklaters, Slaughter and May Andrew Fleming was just 31 years old when he landed the head of legal role at British Airways following its £5bn merger with Spanish carrier Iberia in 2011. His tenure leading a 28-strong in-house legal team has seen …

Angus McBride

Angus McBride photo TMT | News UK

Team size: 24 Major law firms used: Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Kingsley Napley, Lewis Silkin, Taylor Wessing, Wiggin As GC of The Sun publisher News UK, Angus McBride has spent the last year contending with an ever-harsher environment for print journalism. The year saw a landmark decision in the case between the BBC and …

Anna Cosgrave

Anna Cosgrave photo Retail and Consumer Products | graze

Team size: 2 Major law firms used: Charles Russell Speechlys, Keystone Law, mpm legal, Shoosmiths, Travers Smith Anna Cosgrave has not looked back after swapping a high-flying M&A role at Addleshaw Goddard for snack food provider graze in 2016. That is not to diminish the challenge of her in-house role. As the head of legal …

Bjarne Tellmann

Bjarne Tellmann photo TMT | Pearson

Team size: 170 Major law firms used: Charles Russell Speechlys, DLA Piper, DWF, Fieldfisher, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kemp Little, Pinsent Masons The GC and chief legal officer of Pearson, Bjarne Tellmann, has managed to cut more than 40% off the in-house legal department’s fixed costs in the last few years. He is …

Bob Hoyt

Bob Hoyt photo Banks and professional services | Barclays

Team size: 840 Major law firms used: Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Dentons, Linklaters, Pinsent Masons, Simmons & Simmons, White & Case ‘You don’t want a brain surgeon clipping your toenails, but you don’t want the foot doctor doing brain surgery either,’ Barclays group general counsel Bob Hoyt says of his …

Brona McKeown

Brona McKeown photo Real Estate, Transport and Infrastructure | British Land

Team size: 13 Major law firms used: Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Mayer Brown, Simmons & Simmons Brona McKeown joined FTSE 100 real estate company British Land as GC and company secretary in January 2018. She is the company’s second GC, replacing Elaine Williams, and came to the …

Bronagh Kennedy

Bronagh Kennedy photo Real Estate, Transport and Infrastructure | Severn Trent

Team size: 10 Major law firms used: Eversheds Sutherland ‘I’ve been trying to focus on what drives risk and what drives poor behaviour,’ Severn Trent group GC and company secretary Bronagh Kennedy says. ‘You’re not there to help people fix problems; you’re there to make sure they don’t happen in the first place.’ Kennedy joined …

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