V2 legal head leaves to begin new business venture

The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting.

Will Meekin, director of commercial and business affairs for V2 Music Worldwide, will leave at the end of August and is hoping to launch an independent consultancy for the music and entertainment sectors.

V2’s chief executive Tony Harlow is reviewing the position before deciding on whether to seek a replacement or to change the structure of the department.

Lawyers within V2’s various subsidiaries report to Meekin including two lawyers in the UK, led by Jo Malthouse, two in France and one lawyer in the US.

The V2 companies in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Spain outsource all their legal work.

Before joining V2, Meekin worked with Virgin Records before it was sold to EMI.