Mark Amsden is not your typical lawyer, but the route from rugby reporter to general counsel at Morrisons isn’t altogether typical either.
Amsden arrived at Morrisons via a 10-year stint at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds, having come to the UK from Melbourne in 1988 as a rugby union correspondent for the Melbourne Age.
When he joined Morrisons in February 2013 he set straight about analysing the supermarket’s legal spend. He was given an initial figure of £156m but after wading through 2.5 million invoices that fell to £13m.
In this week’s in-house interview Amsden also describes his team’s gruelling crisis response when 100,000 employees’ payroll details were stolen and posted online earlier this year and a thorough panel review involving a 20-firm pitch process.
Quite a job.
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