Longstanding FT legal chief Bratton set to leave group

Financial Times (FT) general counsel Tim Bratton is set to leave the newspaper after nearly ten years at the helm of the publishing business’s legal team.

Bratton joined the group from legacy Denton Wilde Sapte as a legal adviser for FT.com in 2000 and became legal manager responsible for UK print and online issues in 2002.

Tim Bratton
Tim Bratton

In 2003 he was promoted to overall general counsel, heading a 12-strong legal team in four countries. In 2011 The Lawyer recognised him as a Thought Leader in the IP rights arena (11 March 2011).

Neither Bratton’s replacement nor his next step have been confirmed, with the FT currently carrying out interviews for the role.

His leaving date has not currently been set.

The news follows the Daily Mail and General Trust’s selection of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer and Reuters general counsel Claire Chapman as its first global general counsel last year (14 August 2012).

2012 also saw News International, now News UK, appoint WorldPay senior legal counsel Paul Chinnery as its legal chief to replace interim general counsel Simon Toms, who in turn took over from 2011 leaver Jonathan Chapman (4 May 2012).