From obstacles to solutions: putting legal and compliance at the hub of business

From obstacles to solutions: putting legal and compliance at the hub of business

Aaron Campbell, Group Head of Legal & Company Secretary at the NCP Group, explores the benefits of working with a new management team in businesses that have experienced repeated ownership changes.

Tell us a little bit about your background

I trained and qualified in corporate finance and commercial work at a major City practice but decided fairly soon that I wanted to move in-house. At that stage, I wanted to work in a smaller team, be closer to business decisions and gain experience in the commercial structuring of transactions. I moved in-house in the financial services sector, working as legal counsel for a major investment bank where I worked on public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, capital markets and funds work across a number of jurisdictions and undertook both contentious and non-contentious commercial work. I subsequently joined another international investment bank as a director in the EMEA transactions team, working on a range of domestic and international equity capital markets, private equity and M&A transactions. I was also involved with corporate governance and regulatory compliance work.

Having worked on numerous M&A and private equity deals, I had a natural interest in the commerce and industry sector and in seeing what happened in corporate groups when they had been bought, so in January 2009 I joined the NCP Group as Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary.

Tell us a little bit about the NCP Group

NCP is a long standing business (having been incorporated in 1931) and is obviously best known for its parking operations. However, the NCP Group set up and sphere of operation is in fact much wider than that and is, in some ways, unique because it involves property assets and a quasi-retail product, combined with an interaction with consumer and business clients, local authority partners and transport infrastructure operators. This mix all means that the legal team works in a sector that encompasses a broad range of subjects: from joint ventures, partnerships, property

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.