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At a glance

2018 Winner

  • Kendra James

2018 Highly Recommended

  • Marco Boldini | PwC
  • Gayathri Kamalanathan | Deutsche Bank
  • Jonathan Keen | Dialight Group
  • Mark Oliver | Heathrow
  • Claire Singleton | Legal & General

Previous Years

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Rising Star In-House Counsel of the Year

Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist report in recognising outstanding achievements by in-house lawyers below group general counsel level, this award will focus on the rising stars tipped for great things by their colleagues, peers and advisers.

2018 Winner

Kendra James


As senior counsel overseeing the FT’s intellectual property, commercial transactions and brand strategy, which includes managing its worldwide trade mark and domain name portfolios, James stands out for her front-line role that requires her to take strategic decisions to ensure that the FT remains an iconic brand protected around the world.

Highly Recommended

Marco Boldini


Boldini currently serves as head of regulation (asset management) legal at PwC in London. Before joining PwC in January, he was European regulatory counsel at ETF Securities and his hire by the Big Four firm is viewed as giving it a boost in building out its legal capability, with him key to developing PwC’s regulatory legal expertise in the asset management industry.

Gayathri Kamalanathan

Deutsche Bank

At a relatively young age, Kamalanathan has stepped up to become head of the litigation and regulatory enforcement team demonstrating an exceptional capacity to be on top of a broad range of issues and matters. To take the lead on a critical area of business means she has commanded the respect of senior people within the bank.

Jonathan Keen

Dialight Group

Joining Dialight Group as senior counsel in 2017, Keen was assistant GC at biotech company Vectura Group, where he oversaw its merger with Skyepharma. At his former employers, he developed a reputation for high-level strategic thinking and legal judgement that belied his age, winning complete trust from the board.

Mark Oliver


Oliver was promoted to the role of deputy general counsel at Heathrow in 2017, and now supports GC Carol Hui. A commercial lawyer by trade, his role has broadened to include working with the communications office on matters surrounding the airport’s construction of a third runway.

Claire Singleton

Legal & General

As GC of Legal & General Capital, Singleton, who handles all the company’s significant M&A deals, has become a particularly important figure within the group and has unwavering respect from her more senior colleagues. Last year she ran Legal & General’s sale of its Mature Savings unit to Swiss Re, a £630m disposal.