Jonathan Adelman – Ladbrokes

Jonathan Adelman – Ladbrokes

Jonathan Adelman

General counsel and company secretary



When Jonathan Adelman joined Ladbrokes in 2008, there was no internal legal team and a high external spend. In just four years, he transformed the gaming company’s in-house offering. The previous legal panel that was saturated with around 100 firms now has less than a dozen, reducing the typical spend of £8m-10m down to £4m-6m. He is particularly proud of his in-house team of six that he built from scratch.

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Colin Armstrong – Merlin Entertainments Group

Colin Armstrong – Merlin Entertainments Group

Colin Armstrong

Group legal director and company secretary

Merlin Entertainments Group


In running Merlin Entertainments Group’s legal team single-handedly, Colin Armstrong supports the entire group on all legal matters while his company secretarial function provides strategic and operational advice. Merlin is now the second-largest visitor attraction operator after Disney. The company manages 60 sites across Europe and the US, including family favourites such as Alton Towers, Sea Life, Legoland, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, Heide Park in Germany and the London Eye.

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