Slaughters corporate partner becomes Royal Mail’s interim GC

Slaughter and May corporate partner Jeff Triggs has been appointed as interim general counsel at Royal Mail Group following the departure of legal head Doug Evans.

Jeff Triggs
Jeff Triggs

Triggs will fill the role on a part-time basis while Royal Mail searches for a permanent replacement for Evans, who joined pub company Mitchells & Butlers as general counsel and company secretary in January.

Triggs told The Lawyer: “These are interesting times for Royal Mail and I’m very much enjoying my role working with them, both on the challenging projects which they’re undergoing – new legislation, reforming the regulatory framework, addressing the pension deficit, operational modernisation and attracting private capital – and the ‘business as usual’ element.

“There’s a broad array of work to be done but there’s a talented and motivated team of people here who are working very hard for the business.”

The corporate lawyer, who is Slaughters’ relationship partner for Royal Mail, said he was also keeping abreast of other client work at Slaughters while filling the interim post.

Triggs has worked with Royal Mail for more than 20 years and played a major role in the financial restructuring of Royal Mail and the Post Office in 2007.

He also advised on recommendations arising from the Hooper report in 2008, including a move towards part-privatisation and the closure of some mail centres.

Former general counsel Evans joined Royal Mail in 2006, and last November finalised the group’s scaled-down UK legal panel, reducing it from eight firms to three.

Beachcroft, Bond Pearce and CMS Cameron McKenna clinched places on the three-year roster, which covers commercial work, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, IT, pensions and property for both Royal Mail and the Post Office. Slaughters was not reviewed and remains the group’s main corporate adviser.