BAE Systems appoints India legal chief

BAE Systems has appointed its first chief counsel for India, sending land systems legal chief Mike Elston to Delhi.

The move is part of a BAE business strategy to exploit growth markets. India has boosted its defence spending by 8 per cent this year.

In a memo sent out to staff, seen by The Lawyer, group general counsel Phillip Bramwell said: “In his new role, Mike will assume responsibility for the provision of legal advice relating to all aspects of BAE Systems’ business in India.”

Elston will report to Julian Scopes, president of BAE Systems in India, as well as Bramwell, who is based in the UK. He will take up the post at the start of November.

Bramwell is half-way through his three-year plan to revitalize BAE’s legal function, with the goal to create a world-class group.