Recruitment: Keeping it in the family
Top in-house roles are short on the ground and corporates can have a huge wishlist of qualities a new general counsel will need. But in contrast with the US, the UK's leading companies are far more likely to promote internally or to look for a senior lawyer at a rival than try to lure a partner from a top law firm. Philip Hoult reports
One of the two plum general counsel jobs on offer at the UK’s leading companies has just been filled. Global energy giant Shell has appointed Beat Hess from Swiss-based engineering group ABB to succeed the retiring Pieter Folmer as head of its 400-lawyer strong legal department.
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