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Top Influencers: 13 UK Legal Director’s To Follow in 2022

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James Pochin

Legal Director @ THG

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Joined The Hut Group in July 2010 as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary. Prior to joining The Hut Group James was a corporate partner in a national law firm advising on mergers and acquisitions, takeover offers and schemes of arrangement, disposals, IPOs and equity fundraisings. Learn more about James Pochin on Crunchbase…

The Hut Group is an online retailing platform focused on fast moving consumer goods, specifically focused on health and beauty. Read more aboutTHG on Crunchbase…

William Malcolm

Legal Director, Privacy @ Google

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William Malcolm works with Google’s product and engineering teams globally on a range of product design and privacy compliance issues. Prior to joining Google in March 2011, Malcolm was a leading member of the Pinsent Masons Privacy and Information Law Practice, where he advised a range of clients on privacy programme management and day-to-day compliance and commercial privacy issues. Malcolm is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events on EU privacy issues. Learn more about William Malcolm on Crunchbase…

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Vicky Banks

Legal Director @ DAC Beachcroft

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Vicky Banks specialises in commercial real estate work. Her expertise includes advising on investment, management and development matters where she has acted for investor landlords, pension funds, small commercial landlords, developers and occupiers. This has included acting on disposals, acquisitions and management matters of investment portfolios and individual sites (including retail and industrial sites, shopping centres, office buildings in the City and throughout the UK, leisure facilities and mixed use sites) and also advising occupiers on lettings. Vicky’s work has included the negotiation of sale/purchase and development agreements, assisting in the purchase of and dealing with occupational lettings of large regional shopping centres, dealing with the sale/purchase and occupational lettings of retail and industrial units and dealing with the purchase, redevelopment, subsequent management and subsequent sale of large City offices and City office developments. Vicky has written articles on property matters published in external publications and newsletters and has previously contributed to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Handbook. Learn more about Vicky Banks on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Richard Cohen

Legal Director @ PinkNews

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Richard Cohen is a Legal Director at PinkNews. Learn more about Richard Cohen on Crunchbase…

PinkNews is a gay news service that provides the latest information on current affairs, entertainment, travel, and more. Read more aboutPinkNews on Crunchbase…

Cepta Kelly

Legal Director @ Rayner Surgical Group

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Cepta first acted for Rayner at the London law firm with which she trained and of which Rayner was a longstanding client. Following a number of years working in private practice in London, Cepta joined The BOC Group plc as one of its Legal Advisers, based at its corporate headquarters in Surrey. As a member of BOC’s global legal team, she advised and supported the industrial gases giant across a wide range of commercial and employment matters. In 2002 Cepta was approached by Rayner to become its first in-house Counsel. Since then she has supported the business and on a daily basis advises on a varied range of legal issues. In her spare time Cepta enjoys opera, the theatre, food and travelling. Learn more about Cepta Kelly on Crunchbase…

Rayner Surgical Group is manufactures Intraocular lenses and associated instruments used in cataract surgery. Read more aboutRayner Surgical Group on Crunchbase…

Chris Lee

Group Legal Director & Company Secretary @ Savills

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Chris joined Savills in June 2008 and was appointed to the Group Executive Board in August 2008. He has responsibility for legal and compliance issues globally.He held equivalent roles with Alfred McAlpine plc, Courts plc and Scholl plc between 1997 and 2008, prior to which he was Deputy Group Secretary of Delta plc from 1990 to 1997. Learn more about Chris Lee on Crunchbase…

Savills plc. is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. Read more aboutSavills on Crunchbase…

Martin Langley

Legal Director, Solicitor-Advocate @ DAC Beachcroft

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Martin is a litigation and contentious regulatory lawyer based in their Bristol office. He has extensive experience helping a wide variety of clients to resolve disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular expertise in complex, high value and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He specialises in the financial services sector. His FS regulatory expertise includes advising on both FCA investigations and enforcement action, while his FS litigation experience includes leading the defence of a £12m claim brought against a number of IFAs and insurers arising from the collapse of Keydata, and £20m of claims brought against a leading wealth management firm and its advisers connected with film finance and other tax schemes. Also, he regularly advises clients involved in disputes in the health, industrial, retail and telecoms sectors, which has involved prosecuting a £30m warranty claim in 4 jurisdictions, and defending a complex IPR claim brought by one multinational pharma JV partner against another. Alongside his commercial litigation practice, which includes a track record of securing urgent injunctive relief where required, Martin has a particular interest in supporting clients undertaking sensitive internal investigations. Learn more about Martin Langley on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Beverley Atkinson

Legal Director & Solicitor Advocate @ DAC Beachcroft

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Beverley Atkinson is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence law. She is a legal director and solicitor advocate based in their Edinburgh office. She is dual qualified in both Scotland and England & Wales. Beverley specialises in defending professional negligence claims against surveyors, solicitors and construction and financial services professionals. Beverley has experience of handling complex claims of significant value. She is an experienced litigator and also an advocate of ADR, having experience of mediation. She provides commercial and cost effective advice and is instructed by major insurers. She also sits on the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal which determines complaints of professional misconduct against solicitors. Learn more about Beverley Atkinson on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Liz Donnelly

Legal Director @ DAC Beachcroft

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Liz Donnelly is an experienced commercial real estate lawyer and has dealt with a variety of commercial property transactions. Learn more about Liz Donnelly on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Martin Armstrong

Legal Director/Company Secretary @ Koninklijke Philips

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Ceri Eaton

Legal Director @ DAC Beachcroft

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Ceri Eaton is a financial services regulatory lawyer in their Bristol office. Ceri has experience of a wide range of non-contentious regulatory issues as they affect insurers, asset managers, brokers and other financial institutions. Her areas of expertise include perimeter issues, compliance with FCA and PRA rules, financial promotion, money laundering, unfair terms in consumer contracts, and the implementation of European legislation including the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II. In addition, Ceri has provided full legal and regulatory support on a number of applications for FCA authorisation, change in control and variation of permission. She also provides advice in the context of corporate transactions, including regulatory due diligence and warranties. Ceri regularly works on commercial agreements such as distribution and outsourcing contracts. Ceri qualified in 2004 and joined DAC Beachcroft in 2011. Learn more about Ceri Eaton on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Lyn Crawford

Legal Director @ DAC Beachcroft

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Lyn Crawford has considerable experience of dispute resolution across the construction and engineering sector. Significant cases include design and workmanship issues surrounding the cracking of concrete in an industrial composting facility; the collapse of a tunnel at a hydro-power station; and large fires at hotels and power stations. She has a particular expertise in advising major insurance clients on CAR and liability claims arising on construction and engineering projects, including joint insurance issues. She speaks fluent German and good French, and has handled numerous claims in foreign jurisdictions. Lyn has been recommended in the Legal 500 for Insurance Litigation. Lyn qualified in 2000 and joined DAC Beachcroft Manchester in 2017. Learn more about Lyn Crawford on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

Gill Burnett

Legal Director @ DAC Beachcroft

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Gill is a Legal Director working across the Northern practice. She acts for London market insurers in defending claims brought against a range of professionals to include, in particular, accountants, tax advisors and solicitors. Gill also advises insurers on policy issues and has undertaken secondments with two London market insurers. Learn more about Gill Burnett on Crunchbase…

DAC Beachcroft is an international law firm specialising in insurance, health and real estate. Read more aboutDAC Beachcroft on Crunchbase…

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