Kate Staples – Civil Aviation Authority

Kate Staples

General counsel and secretary

Civil Aviation Authority

 

Kate Staples’ industry experience is broad and extensive: she joined the Civil Aviation Authority as general counsel and secretary in September 2010. Previously, she earned her stripes at the Department for Transport, with roles including head of aviation legal from May 2006, and head of railways legal.

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Carol Hui – Heathrow

Carol Hui – Heathrow

Carol Hui

General counsel and executive director

Heathrow

 

Carol Hui heads a team of 12 lawyers and four secondees taken from some of Heathrow’s seven panel firms, firms that are mainly used for M&A deals, bond issues and major litigation. Heathrow is currently in the process of disposing of Stansted Airport, and is using Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Keith Austin – DHL

Keith Austin – DHL

Keith Austin

Vice president and head of legal UKIEEMEA

DHL

 

As head of legal at DHL since 2006, Keith Austin leads a team of 30 lawyers across seven countries spanning Europe and the Middle East. He particularly enjoys ‘supporting a team which consistently achieves great employee opinion survey results, which reflect the way we provide legal services to the business’.

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Howard Carter – Transport for London

Howard Carter – Transport for London

Howard Carter

General counsel

Transport for London

 

Transport for London’s general counsel, Howard Carter, deals with a broad range of legal issues from large commercial projects and property to employment, public law and disputes. Heading a team of 75 lawyers, he effectively runs a full-service firm, located at TfL’s Windsor House HQ in central London.

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Andrew Winterton – easyJet

Andrew Winterton – easyJet

Andrew Winterton

Head of legal and compliance

easyJet

 

Andrew Winterton’s team advises on a host of contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from M&A and competition to contract and consumer law. He manages the panel of UK-based legal advisers but also uses local firms in other jurisdictions, forming mini panels in countries where easyJet has a registered presence.

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Andrew Garner – Associated British Ports

Andrew Garner – Associated British Ports

Andrew Garner

General counsel

Associated British Ports

 

Andrew Garner heads the legal division of Britain’s largest port operator. He was appointed in 2005, and successfully navigated Associated British Ports through a multibillion-pound takeover in 2006 by a consortium of private investors, which included Goldman Sachs and Prudential.

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Andrew Bardot – International Group of P&I Clubs

Andrew Bardot – International Group of P&I Clubs

Andrew Bardot

Secretary and executive officer

International Group of P&I Clubs

 

As executive officer of International Group of P&I Clubs since 2006, Andrew Bardot is secretary of a body that insures 90% of the world’s oceangoing fleet. One private practitioner describes him as ‘one of the top private practitioners looking at things from the other side of the fence. After 25 years in private practice, he provides a very good perspective’.

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