Royal Shakespeare Company unveils new GC

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has handed interim general counsel Marina Zain the position on a permanent basis.

Zain has spent six-months as interim general counsel succeeding actress and general counsel Caroline Barnett who took up the “dream job” in 2008 after an editorial position at Reuters in the ’90s (20 October 2008).

The board-treading role is a far cry from her previous positions which have spanned the tobacco industry and risk management companies.

Zain spent three years at British American tobacco between 2006 and 2009, working her way up to senior legal counsel before leaving to become interim senior legal counsel at risk management business RSA and legal director of Commercial Edge – a contracting and procurement company.

The company is a registered charity which generates 73 per cent of its own income as well as public investment from Arts Council England. Last year it took in £31.6m through its box office as well as £4.8m in retail and catering.

Despite staff numbers of just under 1,000 the legal roster totals Zain and one associate dealing with the RSC’s mixture of cmmercial contract, IP, company and charity and litigation and property work.