UK Legal – LBC Wise Counsel Announces Two Associates Join Legal Consultancy – Legal Newswire


Ian will set up and develop a new service under the banner LBCompliance; Sarah joins to oversee an initiative for businesses in the UK that do not employ in-house legal teams; a service that will also dovetail with Ian’s work. Sarah will also be enhancing our LBCareers to expand our outplacement service for in-house lawyers who are under threat of redundancy or between roles, and will also be responsible for LBC Wise Counsel’s operations in Scotland.

About Ian Goulden

Ian worked as a solicitor in private practice in the North of England for 12 years before moving in-house with Ocean Group in 1990. He was appointed Legal Director for Ocean Group in 1996 and subsequently became Head of Legal for Exel, a FTSE 100 company, in 2000. By 2005 Ian was leading a team of 60 lawyers based in 17 countries, at which time Exel was acquired by Deutsche Post, the parent company of DHL. Ian then became Director of Legal Practice for DHL. He left them at the end of 2007 to set up a consultancy which specialises in advising companies on legal compliance and legal risk management.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with LBC Wise Counsel and to establish cost effective compliance programming with in-house teams. This is a crucial part of the in-house role but often does not receive the attention it deserves.”

The aim is to bolster the resource for teams by helping in a range of activities including:

• Identifying any material legal and compliance risks that are not being adequately mitigated
• Prioritising those risks for mitigation action
• Creating mitigation action plans
• Educating staff through targeted training
• Putting in place means to measure the success of risk mitigation activities
• Making compliance part of the business culture

About Sarah Booth

Sarah has spent most of her career in-house, and has considerable management experience at an executive level in the design build and management of legal departments. After graduating from Edinburgh University, she trained with Dickson Minto WS and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland. She then joined Christian Salvesen PLC, the European logistics company and spent 10 years there, latterly leading the legal and corporate development team as Legal and Corporate Development Director.

In 2001 Sarah joined a newly formed management buyout team as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Damovo Group SA, a telecoms service company, and more recently was General Counsel for Sodexo UK and Ireland, heading a team of 10 lawyers for the UK division of Sodexo Alliance SA, a global catering and support services business.

“I have worked with LBC over the last 5 years as a client and have always admired the honesty, integrity and commitment with which they approach the works that they do for their clients. I am thrilled to be joining them at this exciting stage in their development. I will be drawing on my experiences as a General Counsel to work alongside Paul (Gilbert) and our other associates to meet the needs of our wide range of clients and potential clients across the broad range of services that LBC can offer.”

About LBC Wise Counsel

Throughout the UK and internationally LBC Wise Counsel provide a highly focused management consultancy service for in-house legal teams and law firms, helping to improve their performance in a comprehensive range of strategic, management and soft skills indicators. In addition LBC Wise Counsel run a number of significant personal development/skills programmes which have been designed to help lawyers fulfil their potential.

Paul Gilbert, Chief Executive, LBC Wise Counsel says

“We are delighted to have secured the services of two outstanding former General Counsel. It is a significant development for us and both broadens and deepens our expertise. These are truly difficult times for so many people and therefore even more important for lawyers to be able to demonstrate their value. Ian and Sarah’s contribution will be vitally important as we extend our ability to help more teams and in the coming weeks we will announce further associate appointments”


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