DLA Piper, Eversheds named on easyJet’s first legal panel

BUDGET airline easyJet has created its first-ever legal panel, with DLA Piper and Eversheds among the 10 firms appointed.

Other firms included are Norton Rose, which was already the company’s primary corporate adviser, and Taylor Wessing.

The shake-up is the work of Giles Pemberton, who took over as general counsel and company secretary in April 2006 from a role as assistant general counsel at telecoms giant Cable & Wireless, and easyJet head of legal and compliance Andrew Winterton, who joined in March this year from Virgin Atlantic, where he was legal counsel.

Winterton said: “We were surprised when we arrived that there was no official panel and have worked to set one up. It’s non-exclusive in nature, but it’s envisaged that it will be used for all English legal advice save for in exceptional circumstances.

“Although we’re a budget airline we’re not afraid of paying the right price for goodquality legal services, and this is mainly to make sure we get the right people for the work.”

The other firms on the panel are Charles Russell, Clyde & Co, Harbottle & Lewis, London firm Lane & Partners, Cambridge’s Taylor Vinters and South East firm Vizards Wyeth. Winterton said the panel will be reviewed in three years’ time.