Jenny Lowe: Senior legal counsel, property and planning, Aggregate Industries

Jenny Lowe: Senior legal counsel, property and planning, Aggregate Industries

In January 2012, with five years’ post-qualification experience, Jenny Lowe joined Aggregate Industries from McGrigors, taking on the role of senior counsel for property and planning. Lowe took responsibility for a large property portfolio and managing all property-related transactions, including sales and acquisitions, estate management, litigation, minerals issues, planning, renewable energy and regulatory. Since joining …

Land Securities

Group general counsel and company secretary: Adrian de Souza. Team headcount: eight lawyers. Due to the nature of the industry, in-house real estate teams are traditionally smaller than most, tending to gift significant mandates to their chosen counsel. Group GC Adrian de Souza and his high functioning team at FTSE 100 company Land Securities outsource …

Westfield Shoppingtowns

General counsel: Leon Shelley. Team headcount: 14 lawyers. Described by the global head of real estate at one top-15 firm as being a ‘hands on, proactive team, close to all the issues with a no-nonsense, commercial, can-do approach’, Westfield’s is a tightly-managed team, with GC Leon Shelley also described as a ‘total star’.> The legal …

The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate

Director of business operations and general counsel: Vivienne King. Team headcount: five lawyers. The Crown Estate is governed by an Act of Parliament that involves funnelling profits into HM Treasury – totalling around £2bn in the last decade – and currently manages a diverse property business valued at more than £8.6bn. Its well-regarded director of …

Carillion

Director of legal services and company secretary: Richard Tapp. Team headcount: 19 lawyers in the UK, four in Canada, two in Dubai; 50 staff, including lawyers, in Carillion Advice Services. Described by one law firm partner as displaying ‘outstanding leadership and encouragement’, construction giant Carillion was one of the earliest adopters of innovative business solutions …

Associated British Ports

General counsel and company secretary: Andrew Garner. Team headcount: four lawyers. According to one law firm partner instructed by Associated British Ports (ABP), Britain’s largest port operator: ‘It’s a small but very resourceful in-house team. It has a very close relationship with management and is able to steer matters smoothly and efficiently.’ GC and company …

Network Rail

Network Rail

General counsel: Suzanne Wise. Team headcount: 32 lawyers. The past 12 months has seen Network Rail transform from a private company to an arm’s-length body of the Department for Transport (DfT), with the in-house team hugely instrumental in negotiating with the DfT what that would mean for Network Rail’s governance and processes. Suzanne Wise, who …

Aggregate Industries

General counsel: James Atherton-Ham. Team headcount: four lawyers. The relatively small in-house team at construction manufacturer and supplier Aggregate Industries is ‘incredibly cohesive and committed to achieving the best outcome for the company’, according to one law firm partner, while another adds: ‘This team is very commercial and very responsive. It works well with private …

BAE Systems

BAE Systems

Group general counsel: Philip Bramwell. Team headcount: 130 lawyers. A FTSE 100 company, which is the third-largest defence group in the world and has more than 100,000 employees globally, needs a strong and varied in-house team. Fortunately, the legal department at BAE Systems has grown substantially since Philip Bramwell’s arrival in 2006 – legal has …