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Innogy Holdings has dispensed with the services of the in-house counsel at Yorkshire Electricity following its acquisition of parent company Yorkshire Power Group.
Company secretary and solicitor Roger Dickinson fell victim to a rationalisation process that integrated the merged company's legal service into a single team based in Swindon. Dickinson, who had worked for Yorkshire Electricity for 23 years, is now 55 and philosophical about his newly-found freedom. He said: "All utilities have been going through a process of consolidation over the past few years." Dickinson viewed the shake-up as inevitable once Innogy owned Yorkshire Electricity. "A company only needs one corporate centre, which they've already got," said Dickinson. Never having worked in private practice, Dickinson's legal career has been in local government and utilities. He says that he is considering his options and may use this forced career break to move away from the law.