Hot 100 In-house counsel 2019

Katherine Bellau,

Long regarded as one of the most talented up and coming in-house leaders, Katherine Bellau’s work at financial services comparison business and consumer champion has attracted some notice. 2019 will be Bellau’s year as she moves into the general counsel and company secretary role and member of the executive team at the fast-growing FTSE-listed […]

Amy Brookbanks, Ocado

Amy Brookbanks joined Ocado in 2009 as a commercial solicitor and has been part of a team that has grown both in size and visibility at the online retailer. Over the past couple of years, Ocado has landed key international deals, which has meant that the legal team has had to negotiate the licensing of […]

Laura Brunker, McLaren Automotive

In the space of only four years – she joined the company as legal adviser in 2012 – Laura Brunker has been elevated to the role of general counsel at McLaren. She leads a team of six in-house lawyers dealing with McLaren’s legal affairs on a global scale: interaction with governments on supply chain strategy, […]

Sabine Chalmers, BT

Sabine Chalmers can raise a toast to 2019; the GC at BT has made it through a year of reformation. Having been out of the country for 23 years, she landed in London in April to take on the GC mantle from Dan Fitz. The climate was somewhat frosty – BT had announced that it […]

Frances Coats, Ardonagh Group

After jointly leading the five-way merger and the bond, bank finance and convertible debt refinancing that created the Ardonagh Group in 2017, last year saw Ardonagh’s dynamic chief counsel Frances Coats lead on one of the group’s acquisitions, two private bond taps, adding additional lenders to the company’s revolving credit facility and a backstop letter […]

Fiona Dormandy, Airbnb

Airbnb’s general counsel for the EMEA region Fiona Dormandy manages more than 20 lawyers in a team spread across seven countries, in one of the world’s most high-profile and rapidly growing disruptive businesses. The speed of Airbnb’s expansion has brought with it an inevitable, presidential suite-sized suitcase of legal issues, not least a raft of […]

Tess Kelly, Bank of England

As head of legal for financial stability at the Bank of England, Theresa (Tess) Kelly is one of the lead lawyers right at the heart of Brexit-related challenges. For some, that might not be the most enviable place to be. For Kelly, as well as the team she has built, the proximity to the historic […]

Katherine Laurenson, Legal & General

Regarded as an undoubted star in real estate finance lawyering, Katherine Laurenson joined L&G 10 years ago and has seen her work broaden into strategically critical projects. Heading a legal team of six, she has been central to the transformation of Legal & General Property, leading on fund structuring and restructuring that supports a diversified […]

Peter Limbert, Fulham FC

Lawyers are by nature risk-averse individuals. When Peter Limbert’s employers were asked in advance of the 2018 play-off final whether promotion to the English Premier League would require an open-top bus parade through the streets, the offer was declined. Who wants to tempt fate like that? The football club’s promotion was the jewel in Fulham’s […]

Helen Mason, Morgan Sindall

In the five years since becoming Morgan Sindall Group’s general counsel, Helen Mason has built up a high-calibre legal team from scratch across the FTSE 250 construction group. While her team provides day-to-day legal support across a wide array of construction projects, such as Crossrail and the Lewisham Gateway regeneration scheme, a major focus of […]

Rose Meller, Brookfield

Moving in-house to Brookfield in 2016, legal counsel and VP Rose Meller worked her way to a promotion within a year. One of four lawyers in the investment manager’s property group, she is the only in-houser handling real estate development issues, while also working with the wider team on significant refinancings and acquisitions. In a […]

Heather Mitchell, The Carlyle Group

As the first global general counsel for investments at private equity and investment firm The Carlyle Group, Heather Mitchell ensures consistency amid frequent regulatory changes, marrying bureaucratic requirements with commercial ambitions. Mitchell pioneered areas such as deal restructuring and warranty and indemnity insurance. Based on her ‘One Carlyle’ philosophy, she assigned a single lawyer to […]