Safety first for Barclays' quest

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  • As usual I'm probably being stupid but haven't all these candidates got enormous conflicts of interest? I mean, if you were a partner at Clifford Chance or Linklaters you're hardly likely to cause any trouble at Barclays are you? Your whole peer group is leaning on you and you're thinking "I wonder what I might do after my 8 years here?"
    The candidates set out above are all "insiders" and should be excluded, never mind shortlisted. I suggest they find a questioning, iconoclastic maverick who is not afraid to ask the dumb questions like "Is that ethical?" and "Aren't you doing that just to get around the legislation?"
    Who that person could be I just don't know ....

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  • Just like to say that James Nicholls' comment is spot on.
    'I suggest they find (someone) who is not afraid to ask the dumb questions like "Is that ethical?" and "Aren't you doing that just to get around the legislation?"
    Would be nice (but unlikely to happen) to see the legal press dig a little bit into the role of bank GCs in general, and the adviser law firms, during one of the biggest financial crimes of the decade.

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  • Can't see them going with half of the internal people you mention: Mr PPI Peddie -too junior and still they are publicly annoucing increases in their PPI provisions; I suspect that they will want someone who is not tainted with all of that. Similarly, why would they let Erica Handling leapfrog over her boss Judith Shepherd? Judith Shepherd - would have been awesome, but will Jenkins risk someone who has been there for a long time acting on all the big deals? Michael Shaw - would certainly fit the description "vanilla and un-controversial" but not exactly over-flowing with charisma. Noone has mentioned Mark Chapman, GC of the retail bank - surely given the short time he has been there (and more senior than many on your list) he must be in with a fair crack.

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  • Who is Stuart Popham? and who does he work for? i got a email
    saying he works at barclay wealth in london? is this true?
    K. Mike

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