Morrisons’ general counsel on the supermarket’s sweeping legal changes

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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