Headline moves

The newspaper industry is a funny old business. As publications make the quantum leap from print to digital, so media lawyers are increasingly leaping into unknown territories.

This week, one of those lawyers none other than Financial Times GC Tim Bratton. He announced that after 10 years with the publisher he was joining the BLP-backed alternative legal services provider Lawyers on Demand come September.

“Hats off to Tim for a brave and intuitive career shift,” praised one of our readers. “It will be seen in time as an important moment in the developing market landscape. The legal market has not changed just by this move, but a little shiver just went up its back.”

So, bravo Bratton. But not everyone is closing the page on the publishing industry – in August the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) appointed its first-ever global general counsel and company secretary as part of a legal restructure, bringing in former Freshfields lawyer and Reuters general counsel Claire Chapman.

Last year also saw News International, now News UK, appoint WorldPay senior legal counsel Paul Chinnery as its legal chief to replace interim general counsel Simon Toms, who in turn took over from 2011 leaver Jonathan Chapman.

There’s still some life left in the old – and new – media dog.

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