Ex-Billiton legal chief to join ICL

Billiton’s former general counsel Paul Lush, who left on 7 December last year, has resurfaced at IT services company ICL as its commercial and legal director

The £20bn BHP-Billiton merger last year meant only one of the two heads of legal would land the role for the combined company. BHP chief general counsel John Fast, who is based in Melb-ourne, won the role. Lush had been general counsel at Billiton for just under two years.
Lush is looking forward to his new role. “I’ve moved away from being just general counsel. My new role is based more on the commercial side, with people reporting to me from legal commercial as well as procurement,” he said.
In his new role, Lush has 130 people across the globe reporting to him, although only 21 are lawyers compared with the 23 lawyers at Billiton.
ICL is undergoing a rebranding and reorganisation drive. The company will shortly be changing its name to Fujitsu, which is the main shareholder in ICL. Trained lawyer Richard Christou has recently been appointed as the new chief executive officer of ICL.
ICL has a loose panel of lawyers, tending to use Linklaters for finance and M&A work, Masons for PFI work and Eversheds for property work.
The company also instructs US firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (formerly Mayer Brown & Platt). Lush is already familiar with Linklaters and Mayer Brown from his days at Billiton.
Lush said that there were no plans to shake up the legal panel, but added: “We’ll be looking to make our outsourcing of legal services more efficient.”