Judging Panel

Edward Sparrow
Partner
Ashurst

Edward Sparrow is a senior consultant in our dispute resolution practice. Edward is a very experienced commercial litigator who specialises in financial disputes, financial services regulation and professional negligence claims.

Edward has more than 30 years' experience running major litigation and resolving significant disputes for clients involving team leadership, project and risk management and strategic discussions with, and reporting to, the client. He has vast experience acting for financial institutions and their senior employees in investigations and disciplinary proceedings brought by financial and professional regulators including the FCA (and its predecessor) and equivalent financial regulators in other jurisdictions. His clients include banks and other financial institutions, regulators, public companies and law firms.

Edward's areas of practice also include product liability and safety, M&A disputes and fraud investigations.


Jeremy Barton
General Counsel
KPMG

Jeremy Barton joined KPMG UK as General Counsel in 2015. He is a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the legal affairs of the firm. His team provides strategic and technical advice to the Board, the Executive Committee and the Partners on matters relating to governance, regulation, practice protection, deals and contracts. His previous positions have been as both regional and global general counsel in other large international accounting and consulting organisations. Jeremy is married with three children and enjoys running in the African bush.


Sarah Binder
Chief Legal Officer
Pizza Hut Europe (Yum! Brands)

Sarah is currently General Counsel for Pizza Hut in Europe and the UK. Sarah leads a team of corporate, consumer and franchise lawyers and legal professionals to manage all elements of the Pizza Hut franchise business across 1,400 restaurants in 28 countries. Sarah was previously at BT for 6 years in a number of roles including as an M&A lawyer, creating and operating the legal and compliance function at Plusnet and Head of Privacy Law and DPO for EE. Sarah has developed a particular passion and experience for turning around & establishing legal and compliance functions. Sarah’s philosophy is that legal must be embedded into the heart of business and to always take a pragmatic approach to all legal matters to find innovative and effective solutions for businesses. Sarah trained and qualified with Clifford Chance in London and the Middle East. Sarah is also a local councillor for Wandsworth Council and most importantly, a parent to two toddlers (who give her excellent practice in her negotiation skills….)


William Blair
3VB


Nigel Boardman
Senior Consultant
Slaughter and May

Nigel’s broad practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and insolvency, restructurings, investigations and sports law.

Nigel has received a number of accolades including:

  • The Financial Times’ Special Achievement Award;
  • Chambers Directories Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Lawyer of the Decade Award from Financial News;
  • included in Debrett’s ‘Who’s Who’; and
  • ranked as a ‘star performer’ for Corporate and M&A work by Chambers in its UK, Europe and Global directories.


Nigel is a Vice President of Save the Children UK, a non-executive board member at BEIS and a Deputy Chairman of the British Museum.

Since 2019, Nigel has taken an additional ambassadorial role as Chair of the Firm's Africa Practice.


Philip Bramwell
Group General Counsel
BAE Systems

Philip was appointed Group General Counsel at BAE Systems in 2007. He has spent more than 20 years as an international corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceuticals, IT and telecommunications industries. Philip has spent much of his career living and working overseas, undertaking major corporate transactions throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East.


Dominic Carman

Dominic Carman is a London-based freelance journalist and writer, specialising in the business of law and international law firms. His work ranges from thought leadership and report writing to digital content and media training for a range of clients including: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the European best friends of Slaughter and May, Hogan Lovells, CMS, Bird & Bird, Forsters, Fieldfisher, Sullivan & Cromwell, Lockton, Kroll, Butterfield Trust, J.P. Morgan as well as IT companies servicing the international legal market, including Fulcrum Global Technologies: The Top 20 Legal Innovators, and Enable Business Solutions. He contributes to Legal Business, Legal Week, the Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph and Guardian.


Nick Eastwell
City Adviser, SRA and London Consultant
Kinstellar

Nick Eastwell is a consultant focusing solely on Emerging Europe. He established and was regional managing partner of Linklaters' network of offices in Central and Eastern Europe from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008 he was global head of Linklaters' Capital Markets Department, and from 2008 to 2009 Linklaters' EEMENA regional managing partner. Nick retired from Linklaters in 2009 after more than 20 years as a partner. He has been a specialist in finance and capital markets law for nearly 30 years, has advised on transactions in more than 60 cities in all six continents and has advised most of the world's major financial institutions and a number of governments, regulatory bodies and stock exchanges.


Michelle Elstein
Founder & Corporate Energiser
Courageous Co.

Michelle has over twenty years of private corporate sector experience, including influential senior roles in international organisations, spanning the investment banking, legal and technology sectors, including Linklaters, Lehman Brothers, Olswang, Morrison & Foerster and Kleinwort Benson. She has successfully articulated corporate purpose, devised corporate strategies, aligned leaders and teams to the corporate mission, transformed cultures and has won awards for campaigns that have led to increased corporate performance and employee engagement as a result. Being a fitness enthusiast, Michelle has crossed a few finish lines along the way too. Having recovered from a traumatic cycling accident in 2015, she qualified as a personal trainer and executive coach. Blending these skills with her corporate leadership and personal resilience experience, she now works with senior executives and creates programmes for leaders and leadership teams to help them create their futures, and she loves it!


Andrew Garard
Meggitt

Andrew Garard is a very experienced global General Counsel and Company Secretary with a demonstrated history of building and leading award winning multi national teams across a range of industries.

Responsibilities have also included business continuity, risk management, health and safety, insurance, compliance, content management, regulatory and policy affairs, HR and corporate communications.


Janet Gaymer
Employment Lawyer
The Janet Gaymer Consultancy

Dame Janet Gaymer is an eminent employment lawyer with both public and private sector experience. In March 2020 Dame Janet was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the new Business Banking Resolution Service. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation being conducted by Professor Stephen Mayson of University College London. Until September 2018, Dame Janet was a Non-Executive member of the House of Commons Commission and Chair of the House of Commons Administration Estimate Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and Members Estimate Audit Committee. From September 2013 she was a non-Executive member of the Management Board of the House of Commons before becoming the Acting Chair of the Management Board in September 2014, pending the implementation of governance changes in the House of Commons in 2015. She served as an Independent Lay member of the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority between 2011 and 2016.


Geoffrey Green
Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel & Former Senior Partner
Ashurst

Geoffrey Green is an experienced and effective business leader (Chair/Non Executive Director) and team builder with multicultural experience (Europe/Asia) and history of working in the natural resources sector and in the financial regulatory and legal services sectors. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, M&A, Corporate Law and Private Equity. Strong business development professional graduated from Cambridge University.


Oonagh Harpur
Independent Non Executive
KPMG

Oonagh Harpur has inhabited boardrooms for over twenty five years, as a serial CEO, Chair, Non Executive director and Trustee in the energy, health, financial and professional services sectors in the UK and USA. Her experience has shown that that boards who govern culture well create more economic benefit for investors and are a force for good, enabling a world where people can thrive across society. As a member of the Lord Mayor’s initiative to restore trust in the City of London, Oonagh led a project with the City Values Forum and Tomorrow’s Company on how boards can better govern purpose, values and culture. In 2015 they published Governing Culture as part of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council’s Culture Coalition.


Carol Hui
Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Heathrow

Carol Hui was appointed Chief of Staff from 1 January 2017. She is responsible for legal affairs, business assurance, external and internal communications, sustainability and environment. She joined Heathrow in March 2009 as General Counsel. Previously, Carol has held senior board and executive positions in a number of major infrastructure businesses including British Gas and was a solicitor at City law firm, Slaughter and May. She has received numerous awards in her career including from the Financial Times, International Law Office, The Lawyer and Legal 500.


The Hon. Mr. Justice Robin Knowles CBE
The Royal Courts of Justice

Mr Justice Knowles CBE sits in the Commercial Court, the Administrative Court, and the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. He is the judge responsible for interim applications in the Queen’s Bench Division. Before appointment to the High Court, he sat as a recorder in the Crown Court for 15 years, and as a deputy high court judge in both the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. He is a qualified mediator and has sat as an arbitrator. He was elected a bencher of Middle Temple in 2004 and was chairman of the Commercial Bar Association from 2005 to 2007.


Barbara Levi
Group General Counsel
Rio Tinto

Barbara was appointed Group General Counsel at Rio Tinto in January 2020. Barbara has over 20 years’ experience in a number of senior legal roles across Europe and in the US, most recently as Group Legal Head, M&A and Strategic Transactions for Novartis. Barbara has extensive experience across corporate, commercial and compliance matters.  Alongside leading our legal teams around the world, Barbara oversees a range of governance functions including the Company Secretariat, Ethics & Integrity, and Technical Evaluation Group. Barbara is passionate about leadership and gender equality and has a wide interest in societal and community topics.


Sonya Leydecker
Consultant, business coach and mentor
University of Nottingham Council

Sonya Leydecker joined Council in January 2019.  She is a consultant, business coach and mentor.  From 2014 to 2017, Sonya was joint CEO of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and previously led its global dispute resolution practice. Her coaching work supports people undertaking new career roles and she has a particular interest in developments in legal services provision.  She also acts as a Prince’s Trust ambassador for the Women Supporting Women group, a mentor on its Business Enterprise Scheme, and is also a trustee of RESTART, a homelessness charity.


Ian Moyler
Consultant, Former Senior Clerk
IDM Consulting

He was for 32 years at Brick Court Chambers, 22 years as Senior Clerk. He has market knowledge and contacts in the areas of International Arbitration, Commercial Law, Competition / Anti Trust Law and Public and Human Rights law, both domestically and internationally. In 2018/2019 I undertook Consultancy roles. These included Coaching, Strategic Planning, Business Expansion and Mentoring assignments. I also took a career break and travelled extensively to Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Spain, Lichtenstein, Hungary, and USA. This included a 1000 mile unsupported bike trip between my home town of Chelmsford to Lake Como in Northern Italy.


Tim Parkes
Chair, Regulatory Decisions Committee and PSR Enforcement Decisions Committee
FCA

Tim became chair of the Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC) in January 2016. Before joining the RDC he was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills for more than 28 years, having served 10 years as an associate and articled clerk. As a commercial disputes solicitor in the areas of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, he practised in both London and Hong Kong, dealing most recently with complex, high-value disputes arising out of the global financial crisis, often involving regulatory considerations. He was the firm's executive partner, Asia managing partner and latterly head of commercial litigation in London. He was also a member of the firm's governing council for many years. Tim also worked as legal assessor to the London Stock Exchange's Quotations Committee and sat for a total of five years as an elected council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong.


Anna Suchopar
Group Legal Director
ASOS

Anna Suchopar, is General Counsel/ Director level legal professional, responsible for Leading ASOS’ Governance function, including Legal, Co Sec, Data Protection, CR/ Business Sustainability, and Risk, Business Assurance & Health & Safety teams. Her remit includes ASOS plc Board, Rem & Audit Committees, and Exec, Operating Board and ASOS Foundation meetings. Her sector expertise include: retail/ e-commerce, supply chain, IP & brand, marketing & content, data protection and legal ops/ legal tech, and extensive multi-action multi-jurisdictional contentious, and commercial / licensing non-contentious experience. Adept at building and managing agile teams. Anna was formerly, Virgin Group IP Manager in the legal team responsible for all aspects of the licensing, monetisation, protection and enforcement of the Virgin brand, based in Virgin Group HQ in Geneva. Core expertise and experience in complex licensing arrangements and commercial contracts, and brand protection and management. She trained and qualified as a UK solicitor at Taylor Wessing LLP (London), gaining 3 years’ post qualification experience in TW’s market-leading Intellectual Property & Media Team.


Katherine Thomas
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Travelodge

Katherine is General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Travelodge Hotels group, having joined in 2014 to build the group’s legal function. Prior to that she spent 6 years advising on corporate law in private practice. Katherine heads the growing legal team which provides support across the breadth of the business as Travelodge aims to become the favourite hotel for value. She has a particular focus on strategic projects and compliance and is passionate about empowering her team.


Lesley Wan
General Counsel
FBN Bank

Lesley Wan is General Counsel for FBN Bank (UK) Limited and legal advisor to the Board. She has oversight of the UK, Paris and Lagos (representative office), the company secretariat and supports the Compliance & Anti-money laundering division. She is also responsible for talent management (including mentoring and the graduate programme). Lesley sits on a number of external advisory boards, including Headlong and the London Business School’s “Out in Business” programme and is the Founder & President of The Eagle Club – a global network of 180 women in senior leadership positions. She is also Founder and CEO of Through the Looking Glass, a charity which provides underprivileged children with an insight into City professions and encourages them to pursue higher education. Lesley has extensive experience working as a lawyer in private practice, an equity house and financial institutions in London and abroad including HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group, SEB Bank, Bayern LB, LDC, A&O, Norton Rose and Russell McVeagh.