Poundworld legal team review follows GC exit

Poundworld is to review its legal department following the exit of legal chief David Dresser, who quit the company following a row over which firms the company should instruct.

Dresser said he quit in January after just five months with the company because of a “culture clash”.

He added: “They put me in contact with the solicitors they’re still using, and didn’t really grasp what an in-house lawyer did. Companies are scared of change. I don’t want to get into who they should use.”

Dresser, previously company solicitor at Costcutter, was hired to set up Poundworld’s in-house department in July 2012 in a bid to save costs. He hired a legal executive Bhaven Chauhan from Addleshaw Goddard to assist him in the role (10 October 2012).

He said his exit was “a mutual understanding. I’d say it was a culture clash.”

When Dresser came to the company he instructed a number of external firms including Gordons for property issues, Kempner & Partners for IP, and DAC Beachcroft for regulatory matters. At the time of his hire he was also speaking to Squire Sanders about doing employment work for the company.

Since leaving Dresser worked as a consultant for One Stop Stores before setting up his own legal procurement company which aims to pair businesses with suitable legal practitioners. Chauhan has left to join DWF.

Poundworld management said it was reviewing its legal department, but otherwise declined to comment.