Standing in the hall of fame

Earlier this week The Lawyer revealed its Hot 100 for 2013.
And as with every year, the in-house category was brimming with talent, so much so that no fewer than 20 in-house counsel are listed in our Hot 100 hall of fame this year.

The list also highlights the diversity and complexity of modern-day in-house roles. From HMRC general counsel Anthony Inglese’s efforts to clamp down on tax fraud, to Edward Smith’s prowess in steering Telefónica UK through all the legal issues that develop in the ever-changing fast-paced telecoms sector.

From the triumphs of Mace group legal director Amy Chapman as the Shard transformed London’s skyline in 2012, to the precedent-setting Tinu Adeshile, who became the first black female general counsel at the Islam Channel – and converted to Islam not long afterwards.

Nor would it have been a full list if we hadn’t honoured some of the legal contributions to our sporting prowess in 2012, such as Fifa’s Alexia Willetts, the Rugby Football Union’s general counsel Karena Vleck and head of legal for Glasgow 2014 Shonagh MacVicar.

And last but not least, Foster & Partners general counsel Rhian Deakin, Google’s director of litigation for Emea Harjunder Obhi, and the BBC’s Sarah Jones and Nadia Banno are just some of the examples of how in-house lawyers have made a real difference to their respective businesses over the past year.

For the full list of in-house lawyers included in this year’s Hot 100 plus exclusive video interviews, click here.