Frontrunners emerge for Barclays general counsel role

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  • Unenviable position that Barclays find itself in. Would an external appointment in fact be safer because it mitigates the risk of finding out in x years time that whilst in their previous role the new GC was involved in whatever the then latest scandal is?

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  • Barclays need a lawyer who will be able to manage the tsunami of litigation that is heading towards them. Swaps scandal, 2008 funding scandal, Libor criminal charges, false reporting, ETC ETC. It's a bank Jim, but not as we know it!

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  • Anonymous 12.52, they have scores of litigators to deal with all that, the Group GC is more of a strategic role. Heh, just realised, are you an ambitious litigator working at Barclays?!

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  • What about Rachel Crook? She was brilliant as Barclaycard GC (retail) and made your hot 100 in the past!

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  • I'm surprised that Mark Edwards, Global GC of Retail, hasn't been thrown in the mix here. It's clear that former BarCap is in the process of being demoted within the Barclays hierarchy, and the retail bank will quickly (if it hasn't already) become the jewel in the crown. Mark E has oodles of experience of Barclays having been there 16 years, plus he has worked across numerous businesses so has a comprehensive understanding of the organisation.

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  • The second so called 'frontrunner' mentioned in this article lacks the gravitas, experience or background required for this role. Serious issues require serious attention and the hand of a serious contender.

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  • Anonymous | 13-Feb-2013 1:33 pm: Possibly. But isn't Mark Chapman more senior than him? What about him?
    I actually think that they should just either go with their original plan and balls it out by appointing Judith Shepherd or appoint someone external to show "in with the new" and all that.

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