Judging Panel

Our judging panel for 2021 will be announced soon

2020 judges

  • Geoffrey Timms, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Legal & General
  • Chris Fowler, General Counsel Technology, BT
  • Ruwan De Soyza, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Halma
  • Angus McBride, General Counsel, News UK
  • Lucy Vernall, General Counsel and Chief People Officer, Funding Circle
  • Nayeem Syed, Assistant General Counsel, Refinitiv
  • Nigel Paterson, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Dixons Carphone
  • Neil Murrin, General Counsel and Director – Regulatory Affairs, Trainline
  • Kirsty Cooper, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Aviva
  • Dan Guildford, General Counsel, The Financial Times
  • Rupert Hopley, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Informa
  • Kate Danson, Group General Counsel, Johnson Matthey
  • Maaike De Bie, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, EasyJet
  • Kate Cheetham, Group General Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Matt Wilson, Associate General Counsel EMEA, Uber
  • Christian Keim, Head of International Legal, Adobe


as well as…

  • Alex Novarese, Legal Business
  • Mark McAteer, Legal Business
  • Hamish McNicol, Legal Business

2019 Judges

    • Nilema Bhakta-Jones, group legal director of Ascential Group
    • Kate Cheetham, group general counsel, Lloyds Banking Group
    • Kirsty Cooper, group GC and company secretary, Aviva
    • Simon Croxford, GC – group centre legal, Barclays
    • Maaike de Bie, GC, Royal Mail
    • Claire Debney, chief of staff and director of legal strategy, Shire
    • Dan Guildford, GC, FT
    • Rachel Jacobs, group GC, Springer Nature
    • Rosemary Martin, group GC and company secretary, Vodafone
    • Nigel Paterson, GC and company secretary, Dixons Carphone
    • Nayeem Syed, assistant GC, Thomson Reuters
    • Ned Staple, GC and company secretary, ZPG
    • Liz Tanner, director of legal services, SSE
    • Geoffrey Timms, group GC and company secretary, Legal & General
    • Clare Wardle, GC and company secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners


as well as…

  • Alex Novarese and Mark McAteer from Legal Business.
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