A taste of the pace at Yum!

There’s nothing like being thrown in the deep end to give a new GC a whistle-stop tour of the nuances of life outside of private practice.

Lucy Burton

That’s exactly what Sarah Nelson Smith found when she joined YUM! Brands to lead the UK legal function for Pizza Hut and KFC in May 2011. Her first task was to divide Pizza Hut into eat-in and drive-through businesses.

Shortly afterwards, she was appointed general counsel and set about building an in-house team and installing the company’s first UK panel. Pitching firms were invited to come up with their own Pizza Hut or KFC products as a way of demonstrating their understanding of the business.

Fast food is a long way from Nelson Smith’s previous life in private practice where she trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as an oil and gas litigator.

For now, though, the future is looking finger lickin’ good.

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