• In-house Advisory Board

LexisNexis strives to maintain a deep understanding of the needs of in-house counsel and the forces shaping their world. To that end, LexisNexis has created an association with some of the most respected and innovative senior in-house counsel in the market today.

The LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board, established in 2010, combines the unrivalled expertise of first-class in-house lawyers with the LexisNexis In-house team. The Board aims to keep abreast of any developments, issues and challenges affecting the market so as to guarantee that the Lexis In-house offering remains attuned to the needs of in-house lawyers and current market practice. 

Clive Davies
Senior Counsel, Fujitsu Services

Clive is a senior counsel with Fujitsu Services advising on major service contracts with customers especially in the public sector.

Prior to joining Fujitsu in 2007 Clive was the lead IT and outsourcing partner at D J Freeman for 13 years and Olswang for 4 years. He qualified in 1977 and worked as an in-house lawyer for the Alexander Howden Group in the insurance industry, Esso in the petroleum business and ICL in the IT sector before joining D J Freeman in 1990.

Clive specialises in advising on major project contracts for IT outsourcing having represented customers and suppliers in-house and in private practice for many years. He also advises on electronic commerce and data protection.

Clive has been recognised as a leading IT lawyer in the legal directories for some years and lectures and writes regularly on IT related legal subjects. He is chair of the Society for Computers and the Law, the treasurer of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA), an editor of Communications Law and a member of the Intellect contracting best practice working group.

Kerry Phillip
Head of Legal, Vodafone

Kerry Phillip is Head of Legal at Vodafone Limited, with responsibility for all legal matters for Vodafone’s UK operating company.  Kerry leads a team of 25 lawyers and paralegals .

Prior to joining Vodafone, Kerry  held senior positions at several telecoms companies including 2 years as General Counsel at Azzurri, 8 years as a senior commercial lawyer at O2, and 2 years as a senior lawyer at BT.
Kerry qualified as a corporate lawyer at Linklaters where she spent 4 years (3 in Paris) before moving to BT, where her in-house career began. Kerry is married with 3 children and a dog and loves food, travel, languages and sports.

Ian Leedham
Senior Counsel (Disputes & Commercial)
National Grid PLC

Ian has been involved in numerous re-organisations, mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing with National Grid and is responsible for a 45 strong team dealing with commercial legal matters, disputes, construction, IP, employment, health & safety, property and Global Records Management and Group IP portfolio. Within the department, Ian has been involved in various legal panel reviews and technology innovation within the Group and assisting other in-house teams. National Grid won the “In-house Legal Department Initiative of the Year” at the Legal Technology Awards 2006 and  were recognised in The FT Legal Innovation Awards 2007 and 2008 and the only in-house entry shortlisted in the British Legal Awards Best Use of Technology 2006 and 2008. Ian speaks regularly on innovation and technology in the legal industry which are topics he feels passionately about.

Hank Udow
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary 
Reed Elsevier

Hank joined Reed Elsevier in March 2011 as Chief Legal Officer for Reed Elsevier as well as Company Secretary for Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier Group plc.

Prior to this appointment Hank was Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Cadbury plc until its takeover by Kraft in 2010. A US citizen who is admitted to the Bar of New York State, he has been resident in London for the past 18 years. Having started his legal career as a securities and M&A lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in New York and London, Hank spent over 20 years at Cadbury where he acquired substantial experience managing global legal and M&A departments, becoming Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary in 2005. In 2009 the National Law Journal named Hank as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America.

Steve Cowden 
Former General Counsel and Company Secretary, Reed Elsevier Group plc

Steve Cowden is the former General Counsel and Company Secretary of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier Group plc, a leading business information provider and electronic publisher listed in the FTSE 100.

Prior to joining Reed Elsevier in 2001, Steve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, latterly as Group Company Secretary of Glaxo Wellcome plc. He began his career with Beecham Group plc in 1977 and then with SmithKline Beecham plc.

Steve is a member of the Law Society of Scotland, the International Bar Association and an honorary member of the GC100.  Formerly, he was an alternate member of the Hearings Committee of the Takeover Panel and a member of the CBI Companies Committee.

He graduated Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1974 and is a Scottish solicitor, having been admitted in 1976.

Toby Hornett
Legal Director, Canon Europe Ltd

Toby Hornett joined the Canon Europe Legal Department in 2006, and is now a Legal Director advising the B-2-B business unit with an interest in competition law.

Toby joined the Clifford Chance London office in 1997 from law school, and stayed for three and a half years, including a stint in the Paris office.

Outside work, Toby is a Visiting Fellow of Reading University where he assists with advice on legal careers and is a judge on the Legal Week British Legal Awards since 2011; he also sits on the Editorial Boards of LBC Wise Counsel and the International In-house Counsel Journal (

Sophie Carter
Global Co-head Legal & Risk and Company Secretary, Christies

Roger Wiltshire
European Legal Director, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Seftton Samuels
Operations Director at SMMT Ltd

My legal team supports the role that the SMMT trade association (and Industry Forum and Motor Codes) plays at all levels across the sector. Our actions create value for members, subscribers, government and customers. There is a focus on what we achieve and how we achieve it.

I have articulated and led a succession of high profile projects for the business. Each has required a focus, stamina and resilience to progress to a successful outcome - each in the context of a trade association consensus environment.

Matthew Redding
Legal Director at EE

One of the best compliments I have received in recent years was from my last CTO, who said “Matthew, we like you because you are not a real lawyer”.

The subtext of that (well intended!) comment reflects my role supporting the senior management team with a range of advice and views beyond the legals, an understanding of the business, a willingness to get involved with the numbers, and independent drive to lead a team to deliver and exceed its targets.

I like to work with great people (on all sides of a deal). My vision of lawyering excellence takes a rock solid knowledge of the law as a foregone conclusion: the real value is in making complex things simple to understand, focussing on what's important to the business and its strategy, keeping legal matters proportionate and to a minimum, taking responsibility for execution, and as a result driving forwards business success.

Antony Braithwaite
VP & Associate General Counsel at GSK

I am a UK-qualified solicitor with broad experience in the UK and across international markets, leading legal teams and advising on commercial and business development transactions and on operational and compliance matters in the pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare sector.

Manu Kanwar
Virtual General Counsel and Business Advisor

Experienced General Counsel and Business leader.

Consulting for various new and more established companies, providing both legal and strategy support. Always focusing on business objectives and achieving alignment. Previously Chief Legal Officer at Powa Technologies Ltd.

Suzanne Wise
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Network Rail

Suzanne is responsible for the Legal Services function at Network Rail comprising 40+ professionals and the Transparency and Business Ethics function. She is also a member of Network Rail's Executive Committee and Chairs the Risk Review Group.

Greg Morris
Group Head of Legal and Compliance at Spencer-Ogden

Excellent track record: 11 years PQE solicitor, 14 years in-house legal experience and prior experience working for several top tier city law firms.

Leadership and management ability: Experienced leader of a global legal team.

First class communication skills and solid technical legal ability with experience of handling commercial, compliance, data protection, employment, litigation and corporate work for a fast-paced sales business. Proven ability to provide exceptional legal advice in a pressurised commercial environment, to all levels of a global business, including board level.

Commercial approach: demonstrated by being a short-listed finalist for the Legal Counsel of the Year Award and Best Use of Technology Award at the British Legal Awards 2013.

Kent Dreadon
Head of Legal at Telefónica UK Limited


View Discussion Papers to read briefing notes from the Advisory Board.

The LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board meets quarterly in central London. Each session, held under the Chatham House Rule, focusses on strategic discussion of a contemporary topic affecting the in-house community, determined in consultation with board members.

Sessions are facilitated by various external speakers with specialist expertise in the relevant area of discussion. Board members debate, discuss and share personal experience, challenges and best practice with a view to provide an informed view, fresh perspective and practical take-outs that can be put into action and inform the development of relevant, high-quality and unique content within Lexis In-house.

A strategic paper summarising the discussion is published for each session, providing invaluable insight from the senior, leading in-house counsel in attendance. Each paper is published in LexisPSL In-house and on the LexisNexis website and distributed on behalf of the Board members by LexisNexis to the wider in-house community to facilitate the sharing of learnings and best practice amongst peers.

For topics highlighted as focus areas for further deep-dive discussion, we also partner with Board members on longer term projects to develop best practice insights based on real-life scenarios – the learnings from which are also made available to the wider in-house community.

For further details on this network, please email Sophie Gould

As a member of the LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board you benefit from:

• Networking with like-minded peers
• Gaining insight from senior counsel on relevant, crucial issues impacting in-house legal counsel both now and in the future
• Getting a wider perspective that just that of your own organisation or team’s current approach to providing commercial counsel and remaining critical to the success of your organisation
• Exchanging views, personal experiences and best practice with other senior leaders in the in-house community
• Hearing from experts and thought provokers on interesting and varied topics
• The ability to benchmark yourself and your teams • Keeping abreast of current issues

Membership is by invitation only. To find out more and express an interest in joining the board, please contact the Lexis In-house team.

For further details on this network, please email Sophie Gould

Below is a selection of the latest strategic discussion papers published by the LexisNexis Advisory Board.

Well-being in in-house legal teams

How to develop a true culture of compliance

In-house lawyers driving diversity

Personal development for in-house lawyers – building business leaders

Contract Lifecycle Management

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