‘Fantasy’ job for new general counsel

Lewis Silkinhas won videogame developer Square Enix as a client after the company hired a new head of legal for Europe.

Penny Laurence moved to Square Enix from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in August, where she spent five years working in the risk management team of the business recovery services practice.

Laurence said she picked Lewis Silkin for the firm’s media expertise, but that the relationship is still in its early stages. The company also uses Davenport Lyons and Field Fisher Waterhouse.

Square Enix is best known for its Final Fantasy game franchise, which has sold more than 68-million copies worldwide and is one of the biggest-selling games of all time.

Laurence said of her move: “I spent a very happy five years at PwC and was ready for a completely new professional challenge.

“Square Enix seemed like the ideal fit for me. As a gamer and Final Fantasy fan, I’m really pleased to be part of the business.”

Laurence replaced former head of legal at Square Enix, Rusnam Roy, who left to join the London office of Dundas & Wilson.

She is the firm’s only in-house lawyer in Europe and handles general commercial and licensing matters, as well as some employment and property work.