Westfield UK legal chief quits ‘for new challenge’

Head of legal Polly Joseph has left Westfield Shoppingtowns after nearly six years as the chief lawyer for the UK operations of the retail property giant Westfield Group.

Leon Shelley, a five year-PQE corporate lawyer, is now the company’s top in-house lawyer. It is unclear whether a direct replacement for Joseph will be sought.

Joseph, who headed a team of three, told The Lawyer: “It was time for a new challenge and I’m looking around now at options in either the property or finance industry.”

The UK arm of the Australian-based shopping centre owner, manger and developer is currently developing Westfield London, a £2bn shopping centre at White City, and now has 100 per cent ownership of Stratford City Developments, the vehicle behind the £4bn regeneration of Stratford City.

Westfield instructed Nabarro Nathanson for its buyout of Multiplex, Stanhope and the Reuben brothers for control of Stratford City Developments, but then chose Ashurst following a beauty parade for the ongoing regeneration work.