Royal Dutch Shell appoints legal director

Royal Dutch Shell has hired a new legal director to take over from incumbent Beat Hess, who retires in January.

Peter Rees QC joins from the London office of US firm Debevoise & ­Plimpton, where he was a partner in the dispute resolution group. The news comes as managing counsel, exploration and production for Shell UK David Isenegger leaves the company’s Aberdeen office to become general counsel at Centrica Energy (The Lawyer, 13 September). Isenegger takes over from Peter Roberts, who left to join Ashurst earlier this year.