Competition and Markets Authority names former Slaughters partner as general counsel

A former Slaughter and May partner has been named general counsel for the newly-established Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), while the former executive director of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), Sonya Branch, will become director of enforcement.

In a rare exit from the Slaughter and May partner pool, former partner Sarah Cardell left her role in 2011 to move to Ofgem (14 March 2011) and has now moved to the CMA’s five-strong senior executive team.

The body – which brings together the Competition Commission (CC) and the competition and some consumer functions of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be legally established on 1 October 2013 and will become fully operational on 1 April 2014.

Cardell has worked on secondment on several OFT cases while at Slaughter and May. 

She is joined at the CMA by Branch, who joined the OFT in 2007 after leaving her role as corporate partner at Clifford Chance (5 February 2007).

The other members of the CMA Board are Lord David Currie, CMA Chair Alex Chisholm, CMA Chief Executive and five Non-Executive Directors – Annetje Ottow, William Kovacic, Philip Lowe, Carolyn Fairbairn and Alan Giles. There are also two panel member non-executive directors, Roger Witcomb and Jill May.