Ex-Ladbrokes lawyer steps down from DLA partnership for management role at Playtech

DLA Piper partner Hilary Stewart-Jones is stepping down from the firm’s partnership in order to chair Playtech’s risk and compliance and remuneration committee.

Prior to joining DLA’s London office in 2011 with colleague Stephen Ketteley, Stewart-Jones led the gaming practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which has been advising Playtech since 2005. In 2006 she led a BLP team advising Playtech on its £550m AIM float, the market’s largest ever at that time (3 April 2006). 

After joining DLA it is understood that she continued to be instructed by Playtech, the world’s biggest provider of gambling software, on regulatory matters, although BLP still receives the bulk of Playtech’s corporate work (20 August 2012). 

Before joining BLP in 2000 Stewart-Jones spent over five years as in-house head of gambling at Ladbrokes, which now has a trading relationship with Playtech. 

The gaming expert will step down from DLA’s partnership but will remain a consultant with the firm, according to a statement by Playtech. DLA did not provide further comment at the time of writing. 

According to media reports Playtech has also taken on Sportingbet’s head of regulatory affairs Ian Ince, who will become head of regulation and compliance for the business. The company also announced the resignation of its director Roger Withers.