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FTSE 100 aerospace company LucasVarity's general counsel Russell Kelleyhas been made redundant.The move follows the company's takeover by US-based aerospace, automotiveand systems information technology group TRW.Kelley left the company on Friday with no job to go to. TRW's existingexecutive vice-president and general counsel Bill Lawrence takes overKelley's job.According to Kelley: "There is only room for one general counsel - myposition has been made redundant by the takeover."They own us and they don't need two general counsels."He adds: "I am in the preliminary stages of looking for another position,but I am open to staying in Europe and working as a general counsel here."Freshfields, which handled LucasVarity's corporate work, is anothercasualty of the takeover, which took place in May. The acquisition spelledthe end of almost all of LucasVarity's corporate work in the UK, asreported in The Lawyer (24 May).Allen & Overy is likely to handle any remaining UK-based corporate worksince it represented TRW in the takeover talks.However, LucasVarity's remaining legal team in the US and the UK remainunaffected by the takeover.Legal director Paul Almond and the team's remaining 13 lawyers who handlethe operations side of the business are to stay with the new TRW-ownedorganisation.Kelley also expects TRW, which itself has a 45-strong team of in-houselawyers - in the US, Germany and Brazil - to continue LucasVarity's use ofEversheds and Pinsent Curtis to advise the company on its UK operationalwork.
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