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Walker Morris has added its second regulatory specialist in six months, hiring Trudy Feaster-Gee as a partner from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was head of external competition engagement.
Feaster-Gee has developed expertise in EU and UK competition law over two decades, with previous jobs including secondments at the UK Competition Commission and the Directorate-General of Competition in Brussels, as well as a stint as head of legal at Volkswagen UK. Before joining Lloyds, Feaster-Gee spent several years at Addleshaw Goddard.
Her appointment follows Walker Morris’s recruitment in September of Ray Watson, formerly director of Consumer Credit Licensing at the Office of Fair Trading (13 September 2012).
Walker Morris regulation head Jeannette Harwood said: “There’s increasing synergy between competition and regulatory law in the UK and we’ve taken a forward-looking approach to develop a unified service offering across our regulatory and competition practices.
“The fact that we’ve made two very senior appointments in this area, at a time when many firms are reducing headcount, demonstrates not only our commitment to invest in areas of law which concern our clients, but also illustrates our belief in the importance of tackling competition and regulatory issues in a coherent manner.”
Feaster-Gee’s hire is the second senior appointment for Walker Morris in a week. On Tuesday (12 February 2013) the firm announced the hire of former Everton commercial director James Powell as a consultant in its sports team.
Walker Morris also expanded its litigation and debt recovery teams by absorbing those practices from Cobbetts (7 February 2013).