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The Co-op Group’s interim general counsel for consumer services, Chris Aujard, has left the company after appointing two lawyers to divide up his responsibilities.

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/uploads/sites/378/2017/06/image616x372-78.jpg" alt="" width="616" height="372" /></a> The Co-op Group���s interim general counsel for consumer services, Chris Aujard, has left the company��after appointing two lawyers to��divide up his responsibilities. Aujard left the Co-op in September after being brought in by the retailer at the end of 2015 to provide legal support for��its non-food divisions, which��include insurance, funeralcare and legal services. During his time at the company he was involved��in appointing��two lawyers to��take on aspects of his role. This July, Linklaters counsel Dominic Kendal-Ward��was brought in as��general counsel of��the Co-ops insurance business.��Kendal-Ward left��Linklaters after 13 years at the magic circle firm, during which time he advised on deals such as��<a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2014/02/26/linklaters-lands-key-role-as-dixons-and-carphone-warehouse-seek-merger/">Dixons merger with Carphone Warehouse</a> and��<a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2012/10/09/freshfields-and-linklaters-lead-as-barclays-takes-over-ing-direct-uk/">Barclays��� takeover of ING Direct UK</a>. Kendal-Wards appointment��was preceded by Sarah Clayton taking the general counsel role for the Co-ops funeralcare and��legal services division��at the end of last year. She was appointed after four years as head of employment for the Co-op Group, before which she was a partner at Pinsent Masons in Manchester. While at the��Co-op, Aujard held a number of other responsibilities that were gradually wound up during his time at the retailer. These included the Co-op���s joint venture with Thomas Cook, which was sold to Thomas Cook at the end of last year. This summer, longstanding Co-op group general counsel Alistair Asher took on a new role as director of strategic projects, with former Dixons Carphone��legal chief Helen Grantham��succeeding him as group GC. The Co-op is currently reviewing its corporate and commercial, property and litigation panels for the first time in seven years. The new panels are expected to be in place by January 2018. <

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