EDF legal head quits after team revamp

EDF Energy has begun the search for a new general counsel following the resignation of Jean MacDonald.


Jean MacDonald
Jean MacDonald

MacDonald took over the top legal job at EDF ­following the French ­company’s takeover of British Energy in 2008. She had previously been head of legal services at the UK nuclear power generator.

Last year MacDonald oversaw the restructuring of the merged entity’s legal function, splitting her team into five distinct areas, each with a different head. These include corporate chief Toby Moreton, head of energy sourcing and customer supply Karen Lawrie, networks head Christopher Baker and Joe Souto, who leads the governance group.

The head of nuclear, the fifth arm of EDF’s legal function, is yet to be appointed, with the new position also currently up for grabs.

MacDonald is expected to leave the company in the summer.

The £12.5bn purchase of British Energy saw Clifford Chance and longstanding EDF adviser Herbert Smith claim leading roles. Energy partner Mark Newbery and corporate ­partner Michael Shaw, now in-house at ­Barclays, led the Herbert Smith team acting for EDF.

British Energy turned to a Clifford Chance team featuring corporate partner Mark Poulton and energy partner Andrew Grenville.

MacDonald was unavailable for comment.