Sector switch – the GCs stepping out of their comfort zone into new industries
When Network Rail announced in October 2011 that FTSE 100 Premier Foods general counsel Suzanne Wise was to trade in Hovis and Bisto for the UK's railway network, at first glance, it may have seemed like she was entering uncharted territory. The motivation behind the move is not, in fact, hard to work out – Network Rail is a larger company, the appointment is board level and Wise has returned to managing a larger legal team, more on a par with the one she managed at multinational tobacco company Gallaher Group before joining Premier.
It is unusual for established private practice lawyers to switch sectors, yet in-house lawyers are less fazed by the idea. Caroline Hill speaks to a band of GCs who have cut their teeth in multiple industries
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