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Top Influencers: 18 UK Head of Legal’s To Follow in 2022

Head of Legal and Compliance play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Head of Legal and Compliance role. We have selected these Head of Legal and Compliance’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Head of Legal and Compliance’s. The list is in no particular order!

Babett Carrier

Head of Legal and Compliance @ Cinven

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Babett is the firm’s Head of Legal and Compliance and has overall responsibility for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining Cinven, Babett was General Counsel of Arma Partners LLP, responsible for all legal and regulatory matters for the FCA-regulated entity and its affiliated U.S. broker-dealer. Prior to this, she spent 16 years at Shearman and Sterling LLP in their Capital Markets and M&A groups in New York and London, with a focus on cross-border M&A transactions. Babett trained with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt. Learn more about Babett Carrier on Crunchbase…

Cinven is an international private equity firm. Read more aboutCinven on Crunchbase…

Christine Cordon

Head of Legal @ Arts Alliance

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Christine joined Arts Alliance in June 2017 and manages all legal, compliance and corporate governance matters for the portfolio, including corporate transactions and investments. Before joining Arts Alliance Christine was General Counsel for Secret Escapes, the high-growth online travel company, and Osper, the prepaid debit card for young people. Christine began her career as a criminal barrister, before switching to banking, where she worked at Ashurst LLP, Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs. She has a BA in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, Oxford and is CISI-qualified. Learn more about Christine Cordon on Crunchbase…

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Caroline Stockwell

VP, Head of Legal International @ Intercept Pharmaceuticals

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Andrew Nethercot

Deputy General Counsel & Head of Legal. Group Data Protection Officer. @ Priory Group

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Priory Group is a provider of behavioral care and also operates an international referral pathway for healthcare and education services. Read more aboutPriory Group on Crunchbase…

Hamish Findlater

Head of Legal and Compliance @ Met Facilities

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Met Facilities is a leading provider of a comprehensive and flexible FCA regulatory hosting umbrella for funds, start-ups, fintechs. Read more aboutMet Facilities on Crunchbase…

Lucy Sladojevic

Head of Legal @ Argus Media group

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Lucy Sladojevic is Head of Legal for the Argus Media Group, based in London. Lucy joined Argus in 2008. Prior to that, Lucy qualified and practised as a solicitor at London City law firm Slaughter and May before moving to West End firm Harbottle & Lewis where she was made a Senior Associate. Lucy read law at Cambridge University. Learn more about Lucy Sladojevic on Crunchbase…

Argus Media group is a global energy and commodity price reporting agency. Read more aboutArgus Media group on Crunchbase…

Adeela Sharif

Head of Legals, Ethics & Compliance @ HealthUnlocked

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HealthUnlocked is a social network for health. Read more aboutHealthUnlocked on Crunchbase…

Sunil Shah

Head of Legal @ Capita

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Capita plc provides customer and business process management, and professional support service solutions primarily in the United Kingdom. Read more aboutCapita on Crunchbase…

Rob Lewis

Head of Legal Practice & Operations Director @ Advantage Property Lawyers

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Rob is a highly experienced lawyer, having qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and additionally qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009. He primarily handles complex and high net worth cases as well as overseeing 3 of our conveyancing teams. Rob also oversees our Post Completion Team and is responsible with Glen for our recruitment activities. Rob is another of the firm’s founding members. Learn more about Rob Lewis on Crunchbase…

Advantage Property Lawyers is an independent business led by conveyancing specialists with vast experience in the marketplace. Read more aboutAdvantage Property Lawyers on Crunchbase…

James Bryce

Head of Legal and Compliance @ NVM Private Equity

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James Bryce is a qualified solicitor and worked in a City law firm for over 10 years before spending 5 years as a partner in a North East based firm of solicitors, working on a wide range of corporate transactions and governance matters. James is company secretary of Northern Investors Company PLC, Northern Venture Trust PLC, Northern 2 VCT PLC and Northern 3 VCT PLC and compliance officer of NVM, and is also responsible for legal services, corporate governance and Stock Exchange liaison. Learn more about James Bryce on Crunchbase…

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Vanessa Vasquez

Head of Legals @ Seedcamp

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Vanessa Vasquez joined the Seedcamp team in Summer 2018 as Head of Legals to support with legal deal flow, investment execution and legal and regulatory in-house assistance. My passion has always been technology and I love working with founders who I admire and support them to change the world. Being at the beating heart of the European tech scene is as thrilling as it can get! Every day brings new challenges, new ideas and new paradigms making our work at Seedcamp unforgettable and groundbreaking! Before Seedcamp, I worked over a decade in the legal profession in Europe and Latin America. My primary focus has been in the Telecommunication and IT industries, getting to see firsthand how these industries operate and are regulated. I also gained hands-on startup experience working as a Partnership Director for fast-growing businesses. This made me live the startup experience from the other side and truly understand what consumers and clients need. Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia (the highest capital in the world) in the heart of South America, my curiosity and passion about life fuelled my drive to get involved to help others and always give your best. When I am not working, I am enjoying my two amazing kids, time with friends or running in Hampstead Heath with my husband. Learn more about Vanessa Vasquez on Crunchbase…

Seedcamp is a European seed fund that identifies and invests early in founders attacking global markets. Read more aboutSeedcamp on Crunchbase…

Alastair Richardson

Director, Head of Legal @ 3i Group

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Alastair is Director, Head of Legal for 3i’s Private Equity team, with responsibility for legal risk management and the provision of legal support for new investments, portfolio matters, exits and fundraising activities to 3i’s international private equity business. Alastair works closely with 3i’s international deal teams on transactions across 3i’s private equity business. Alastair joined 3i in 1998 from the law firm, Nabarro LLP, where he worked as an associate specialising in international corporate M&A and private equity. He holds a BA joint honours degree in Economics & Law from Durham University and is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. Learn more about Alastair Richardson on Crunchbase…

3i is an international investment manager focused on mid-market Private Equity, Infrastructure & Debt Management. Read more about3i Group on Crunchbase…

Andrew Wigfall

Head Of Legal @ Balderton

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Andrew joined Balderton as Head of Legal in 2018. He brings twenty years of technology venture capital experience, having represented Balderton, as well as other leading technology venture capital firms and investee companies. Andrew has helped companies with all the legal issues that arise between start-up and exit. His experience reflects over thirty years in private practice, spanning all transaction types across multiple sectors and geographies. Prior to Balderton, Andrew helped build the successful venture capital practice at Marriott Harrison. He spent much of his earlier career at Nabarro (now CMS), where he sat on the management board for a number of years. Andrew has consistently been rated as a top-tier lawyer in the venture capital field by the leading UK legal directories. Learn more about Andrew Wigfall on Crunchbase…

Balderton is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on backing European-founded startups. Read more aboutBalderton on Crunchbase…

Sarah Thawley

Head of Legal @ Mercia Asset Management PLC

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Sarah joined the Group as Head of Legal in October 2018. She is responsible for providing legal advice across the Group and the portfolio, and managing the Group’s relationship with external legal advisors. Sarah is based at the Henley-in-Arden office. Learn more about Sarah Thawley on Crunchbase…

Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Read more aboutMercia Asset Management PLC on Crunchbase…

Laura Farnworth

Head of Legal @ Atom Bank

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Atom Bank is a mobile banking application that offers a range of personal and business banking products. Read more aboutAtom Bank on Crunchbase…

Ann McCarthy

Head of Legal @ Business Growth Fund

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Business Growth Fund is an influential investor in small and mid-sized businesses. Read more aboutBusiness Growth Fund on Crunchbase…

Andrew Shaw

Head of Legal @ Resolver

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Resolver provides an end-to-end complaint-resolution service. Read more aboutResolver on Crunchbase…

Brahim Larbi

Head of Legal & Global Digital Licensing @ AMRA Music

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Brahim Larbi is a Head of Legal & Global Digital Licensing at AMRA Music. Learn more about Brahim Larbi on Crunchbase…

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