Tate & Lyle rejigs legal team

Tate & Lyle's legal department is on the verge of a major reorganisation as its head of legal prepares to take on the company secretary's role.

Robert Gibber, general counsel at the company, is taking over from John Hunter who is set to retire later this year.

Gibber says: “At present the company secretary's role includes administration and insurance. Some of these things will be simplified.

“If you go back 20 years the legal and company secretary roles were fully integrated. They then separated but they will be fully integrated again and will be centralised.”

The legal department houses three lawyers but Gibber says he will consider taking on more staff after reviewing the structure of the department.

He says that although its legal department does not outsource a lot of work, it hopes to bring even more in-house.

“The company is changing at the moment and we are looking forward, but there may or may not be some departments that we need to keep.

“We need strategic input. We need managers of external suppliers and some people in the legal department will move into these roles.”