Hewlett-Packard (HP) completed an overhaul of its UK legal team this month as part of a company-wide cost-cutting review. The legal team has shrunk by 20 per cent, cutting loose one lawyer and five contract managers to give UK general counsel James Orman a total of six lawyers and 15 contract managers in his team.

Ormond joined HP’s UK operation late in 2005 after an 11-year stint in the US working for both Compaq and HP.

HP is reducing its global workforce by 10 per cent (some 14,500 employees) to generate savings of £1bn.