Shell legal boss Peter Rees QC in shock exit

It’s rare that a general counsel’s departure is not flagged well in advance. So the sudden departure of Royal Dutch Shell’s Peter Rees QC, which emerged late on Friday night, will cause waves in the energy sector.

Rees, who only last November spoke to The Lawyer about his role reorganising Shell’s legal team since his appointment in January 2011, is staying on at the company for a month to hand over to his unnamed successor.

Maybe that person could come from among this year’s Hot 100? Our list of top in-housers – forming part of our annual selection of the legal market’s top innovators, leaders and rainmakers – includes several energy-focused general counsel.

Eon’s Graham Line, British Gas’s Justine Campbell and EDF’s nuclear build head Chris Hamill brush shoulders with legal chiefs from companies such as BT and Royal Mail as well as Lambeth County Council and the University of Birmingham.

Others featured in a stellar line-up of lawyers include legal aid campaigners Maura McGowan QC and Carol Storer, stand-out firm management leaders such as Irwin Mitchell’s John Pickering or King & Wood Mallesons’ Stephen Kon, and leading barristers, including Brick Court’s new co-head of chambers Helen Davies QC.

For the first time the Hot 100 features an equal number of men and women, with stand-out female lawyers in every category.

These will be the lawyers making the headlines in the months to come.

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