Lovells picks new competition head

Lovells has appointed Susan Bright as its new global head of competition and EU law, with high hopes that the practice will bounce back after the shock departure of two senior partners last month.

Bright, who joined the firm in 1989 as a trainee, begins her new role this week after soundings were taken from partners within the corporate department.

London competition and EU department head Simon Polito will support Bright in the position, taking on an ambassador role in conjunction with his current duties.

The appointment comes after John Pheasant, former Lovells competition and EU law head, left for Hogan & Hartson and competition partner Matthew Readings joined Shearman & Sterling.

It was a big loss for the competition practice at the time, but Bright told The Lawyer she was confident of a full recovery. “We have an excellent team centralised in Brussels and London,” she said. “It’s quite a junior partnership in Brussels but I think you’re going to see big things coming from our team during the next five years.”

Bright is currently taking on the Office of Fair Trading on behalf of MasterCard.