Clydesdale GC returns to Oz after revolutionising UK legal function

In the two years that she has headed up Clydesdale Bank’s UK legal function Jennifer Darbyshire has totally restructured the department and reduced the legal roster from 13 firms to seven .

Clydesdale underwent a radical restructuring that resulted in the loss of 1,400 jobs in 2012. However it wasn’t until this year that Darbyshire launched her first review of the legal panel.

The consolidation of the panel resulted in Brodies, Eversheds, Harper Macleod, Norton Rose Fulbright, Morton Fraser and Thomas Eggar losing their places on the combined Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank national roster.

As Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB), it now falls to the new UK GC James Peirson to pick up where Darbyshire’s revolutionary reign left off.

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