In-house: Returning from private practice
The newly-appointed group general counsel at Barclays, Mark Harding, takes up his post in June. Here, he speaks about what attracted him to the role and why he has returned to the banking world after three years back in private practice
What attracted you to the role? I have spent a lot of time advising banks in my career, either as outside counsel or in-house, so I feel very comfortable operating in that environment. It is also only with a UK bank that an English lawyer is likely to have the opportunity of filling the group general counsel role. This is a rare opportunity to direct the legal affairs for the whole of the bank and to provide legal input on strategic and operational issues at the highest level. I also really like the members of the Barclays’ team I have met, which is an important factor in any move.
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