In-house

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 Ltd

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.


Jamie Barnard
General Counsel - Global Media, Marketing and eCommerce, Unilever

Jamie has worked in the advertising industry since his career began. He joined Unilever in 2007, after 6 years advising ad agencies at Lewis Silkin LLP and a brief affair with the music business.

As Unilever’s General Counsel - Global Marketing, Media and eCommerce, Jamie leads a specialist team providing legal and commercial support to the central Marketing and Communications Office. He advises on the legal and regulatory implications of 21st century marketing, with a focus on data, new platforms, emerging technologies, eCommerce strategies, new models for content creation/curation, and collaborations with tech start-ups. Jamie is also responsible for Unilever’s contractual relationships with global partners and suppliers, from the world’s largest media and advertising agencies, social networks, content platforms and ISPs, to fledgling digital service providers.


David Berry
UK Legal Director, Tesco

David joined Tesco as UK Legal Director in September 2015 and leads the legal teams supporting Tesco’s UK and Ireland businesses and is a member of Tesco’s UK Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Tesco, David spent 14 years at Diageo, latterly as General Counsel, M&A, IP and Antitrust.

David started his career at Freshfields, having qualified as a competition lawyer, before joining Diageo in 2001 initially as head of European competition law, taking responsibility for the legal aspects of global sales, strategy and corporate relations. He also worked for two periods in the US (most recently 2011-2013) leading the legal teams supporting Diageo’s beer, wines and spirits businesses in the US.

David lives in Buckinghamshire with wife and two children.


Jeremy Berenzweig
General Counsel and Senior Vice President – Legal, Engine Business

Jeremy Berenzweig was appointed General Counsel and Senior Vice President – Legal for Flint Group, in April 2015. Jeremy joined the organisation from Cummins Inc the Fortune 250, market leading engine and related technologies manufacturer where he latterly held the role of Deputy General Counsel - Business Units. Prior to that Jeremy was head of legal at Sports.com.

Jeremy qualified as a solicitor with the law firm Decherts LLP and is based at the Group’s office in Central London, UK.


Antony Braithwaite
VP Legal Corporate Functions – Business Development Transactions at GlaxoSmithKline

Anthony is 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.


Luscinia Brown-Hovelt
Head of Legal, WSH

Luscinia is Head of Legal at WSH, which is the parent company for leading brands operating in the food services and hospitality sectors. Luscinia leads a team of 3 lawyers and a paralegal, and the team support all of the businesses within the WSH family on all legal matters.

Before joining WSH, Luscinia has held roles as Commercial Lawyer at Sainsbury’s and Corporate Lawyer at Corus (now Tata Steel). Luscinia trained and qualified as a corporate lawyer at Hogan Lovells.


Sophie Carter
Global General Counsel and Company Secretary, Christies

Sophie Carter is Global General Counsel and Company Secretary for Christie’s International plc. She also has global responsibility for Risk, Audit and Insurance at Christie’s


Steve Cowden
Director & Trustee, The Defence Medical Welfare Service, SmithKline Beecham Senior Executive Pension Plan

Steve is a senior commercial lawyer with over 30 years’ experience working for some of the UK’s largest public companies. Steve retired from Reed Elsevier, the business information publisher in 2011, after 10 years as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Prior to this he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, latterly as Group Company Secretary of Glaxo Wellcome plc and before that in a similar role with SmithKline Beecham plc. He is currently a Non-Executive Director/Trustee of the Defence Medical Welfare Service and a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the SmithKline Beecham Senior Executive Pension Scheme. For People Scope, Steve brings extensive experience of the client-side viewpoint to training and development interventions.


Kent Dreadon
Head of Legal, Telefonica

Kent has been Head of Legal at Telefonica UK Limited (O2), since November 2011 and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2016. He leads a team of approximately 30 lawyers who are responsible for all the wide ranging legal issues that affect the O2 business. Everything from the most complex of regulatory disputes and network infrastructure deals to the smallest customer complaint. He is passionate about the importance of building and developing a highly talented team that is seen as a vital, enabling part of the business and which can help influence performance and the strategic direction of the business. Prior to joining O2 in 2007, Kent worked in private practice as a commercial litigator initially in New Zealand and then for several years in the UK at the firm which is now King Wood Mallesons.


Toby Hornett
Legal Director, Canon Europe

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.


Manu Kanwar
General Counsel, Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Magine TV

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.


Ian Leedham
Head of Commercial Major Projects Directorate, Leeding Legal Limited, Thames Water

Ian has been involved in lots of major projects and numerous re-organisations, mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing within the Utility Industry and looking after teams dealing with commercial and compliance matters, regulatory issues, risk and reporting as well as disputes, construction, IP, employment, health & safety, planning and property. Ian has been involved in various departmental structural changes, legal panel reviews, change management and technological change which have won various legal awards for their groundbreaking innovation. Ian has now set up his own company Leeding Legal to undertake Major Project roles (such as the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel Project) and assist other in house teams undertaking challenging transactions or transformational change. Ian speaks regularly on innovation and technology in the legal industry which are topics he feels passionately about.


Victoria Lockie
SVP Assistant General Counsel, Pearson

Vicky is Pearson's SVP AGC for Strategy. Pearson is the world’s largest education company with over 35,000 employees in more than 70 countries helping people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives.

After qualifying into the Intellectual Property department at Clifford Chance Vicky moved in-house and joined Pearson in 1997 initially to support Pearson's growing education business in Europe Middle East and Africa. Her remit grew until she was responsible for leading a team providing legal support to all of Pearson’s education businesses outside of North America dealing with a broad spectrum of strategic legal matters, business critical contracts, major litigation and significant integrity issues. She now works alongside Pearson’s first global GC leading Pearson's legal operations team with responsibility for implementing a major change programme across the global legal function involving substantial process improvement and new systems for e-billing, contract management and e-signature. She has also created and leads a centrally managed ‘shared services’ team of contracts professionals in various locations across the US.

In her ‘spare’ time Vicky is renovating an old barn in Essex where she lives with her two teenage sons. To keep sane she runs and does the (occasional) triathlon.


Greg Morris
Group Head of Legal & Compliance, Spencer Ogden

Greg Morris joined the global recruitment firm Spencer Ogden in early 2015 as Group Head of Legal & Compliance, with a remit to create a first-class legal function and develop the business's risk and compliance framework. Greg is also the group Company Secretary and sits on the Spencer Ogden board.

Prior to joining Spencer Ogden Greg spent 15 years' at SThree Plc, where he worked in a variety of different legal roles and developed and in-depth knowledge of the legal and compliance issues facing the recruitment industry, as well as an acute awareness of the demands of working for a fast-paced sales business.

Greg qualified in 2003, although in total has some 16 years in-house legal experience and prior experience working for several top tier city law firms. Greg’s pragmatic and commercial approach to legal work were acknowledged through his short-listing as a finalist for the Legal Counsel of the Year Award and Best Use of Technology Award at the British Legal Awards 2013.


Reeta Nair
EMEA Corporate Counsel, Lego

Reeta Nair is EMEA Corporate Counsel and a member of the EMEA Leadership Team at the LEGO Group. Reeta has responsibility along with her colleagues in Corporate Legal Affairs for providing the required legal input on sales, marketing and operations matters across the EMEA markets and also acts as a close adviser and business partner to the EMEA Leadership Team in helping to shape their strategic agenda. One of the most challenging tasks Reeta has had to undertake during her time at the LEGO Group was actually during one of the interviews for her current role, when she was asked to build something out of LEGO® bricks which represented how she saw herself and then explain why she had built it to the people conducting the interview (!)

Prior to joining the LEGO Group, Reeta spent 7 years as a Senior Associate at Charles Russell LLP where she worked on a variety of corporate and commercial matters and also undertook secondments with the in-house legal teams at Gulf Air in Bahrain and at Nike’s European Headquarters in The Netherlands. Reeta obtained her law degree from Cardiff University, where she also completed her Legal Practice Course.


Kerry Phillips
Legal Director, Vodafone

Kerry Phillip is Legal Director, Vodafone Global Enterprise, 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.


Matthew Redding
Legal Director, EE

Matthew is legal director for corporate and business for EE. His recent work has included strategic legal work on M&A activity in the sector (including EE’s own £12bn acquisition by BT) and the roll out of 4G. He co-led the successful bid for the billion pound contract to supply the emergency services’ communications network, with which he is now very involved in delivering.

He has a team of lawyers who are highly valued by their internal clients for their practical and business advice, as well as being experts on the law in their field. His team works very closely with the business, and Matthew sits on the board of directors for the networks joint venture that EE has with Three.


Seftton Samuels
Operations Director, SMMT

SMMT’s activities are centred upon the image, profile and success of the global automotive sector in the UK. As a prominent trade association my team are attentive to stakeholder, government and regulator relations all in the context of good governance, transparency and compliance. As well as political and media engagement, SMMT are responsible for policy thought leadership (for example for connected and autonomous vehicles), product data (such as the monthly vehicle registration announcements), international trade activities (especially with Brexit!). Subsidiary operations provide manufacturing consultancy and training for suppliers (in automotive, aerospace and other sectors), and an Ombudsman service to meet the sector’s ADR obligations.

I’m a qualified solicitor and head the teams responsible for legal counsel, finance, IT, automotive data, compliance and company secretariat functions across the group.


Stuart Kelly
Deputy Group General Counsel, Network Rail

Stuart is a deputy group GC at Network Rail and has responsibility for both the legal and company secretarial teams. Stuart held various roles at the FTSE 100 water company, including as head of legal and head of business development before his appointment as deputy GC in July 2014.


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.

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

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