Arcadia general counsel Geraghty quits after seven years

Arcadia Group general counsel Mary Geraghty has resigned from the company after seven years as its chief legal adviser.

She officially leaves at the end of the month and has not yet found a new role.

Geraghty joined the retail giant in July 2007, after a stint at Harrods as legal adviser (28 May 2007). She trained at legacy Herbert Smith and spent three years in the firm’s real estate department before leaving to join the luxury brand, then owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, in 2003.

While at the beginning of her term at Arcadia she was the only in-house legal adviser to Philip Green’s empire. She will now leave behind a team of six, including her second-in-command, head of legal Michelle Trotter.

Geraghty commented: “I’ve had a fantastic time at Arcadia over the last seven years and it just felt like the right time to move on.”

At Arcadia she was credited with managing a hugely varied and demanding role, while leading the in-house retail response to the 2008 controversy over Google ad-words (2 June 2008).

Arcadia confirmed Geraghty’s departure.