Standard Chartered legal chief in move to Dubai

Standard Chartered group head of legal David Brimacombe is jetting off to Dubai to take up a new position at the bank, leaving the organisation to search for a successor in London.

Brimacombe is moving to the Gulf in the next few months to help drive forward the bank’s operations in the region. The bank has not yet made a decision on his replacement in London.

Meanwhile, Standard Chartered has hired its first-ever employment specialist. Rebecca Priestley will join the bank’s London legal team from Simmons & Simmons in August. She will be looking after employment issues across all of the bank’s 56 locations. Brimacombe said: “This is very much a global role. Rebecca will be working with the legal team and the HR team on employment issues across all our offices.”

The move comes as banks look to beef up their in-house employment capabilities in the wake of increased litigation for unfair dismissal or sexual discrimination.

Standard Chartered has also recruited senior litigator Margaret Norden, who will focus on risk management. Norden was previously a lawyer at Clyde & Co.