Motability brings in-houser on board

Europe’s largest car-leasing company Motability Operations, which leases cars to disabled drivers, has made its first hire since a major restructuring of its legal department last year.

Solicitor Julie McManus joins Motability from Burnham Hydraulics to work with senior legal adviser Kelly-Jane Botha, who has managed the department since the four-lawyer team was downsized.

Botha said: “I’ve managed to deal with everything myself, whether it’s work done in-house or through outsourcing. It’s been a very challenging time for me, but also very exciting.”

The major overhaul last September came through creating a central management function after the merger of the corporate and executive services, which includes the legal department.

Company secretary Jo Pentland was appointed to oversee the combined group as part of her increased powers.