Howard Trust became the first general counsel and group secretary to Barclays in 1995. Since that time, he has built up a global function of 250 lawyers. Here he speaks to Legal Director about his decision to leave the group after 13 years and says that his greatest failing is his quest for perfection
What have been your main challenges since you took up the role of group general counsel and secretary in 1995?Combining the roles of general counsel to the board and senior management and establishing a legal function, with the role of board secretary, as well as handling the wide array of matters that arise in a group as large and diverse as Barclays. All have been challenges in themselves, but that is what has made the role fun.
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