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Healthcare giant Smith & Nephew is ramping up its European in-house capability by appointing former ICI senior lawyer Claire Vaughan as its first legal adviser for UK and Europe
The newly-created role will take the company’s in-house capability in the UK to two; there is already one in-house solicitor in York, who will report to Vaughan. The general counsel for the company and a team of lawyers are based in the US. Vaughan has been an in-house lawyer with ICI for the past 14 years, working for a number of different ICI businesses. For the past three years she has been senior lawyer for ICI subsidiary Uniqema, where she oversaw the global legal services function. It is not yet known whether the appointment will be followed by a review of Smith & Nephew’s legal advisers. It has traditionally used Ashurst Morris Crisp and Pinsent Curtis Biddle as its main advisers in the UK. Pinsents recently acted for the company in its disposal of rehabilitation business AbilityOne. Vaughan starts with the company on 9 September.