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Emma Butler is currently Senior Director Privacy and Data Protection for Reed Elsevier as part of their Data Protection and Privacy Group. Her focus is primarily on the European LexisNexis businesses. She is also the Data Protection Officer for LexisNexis UK.
Emma previously spent seven years leading the international policy team at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) where she worked with other regulators and the Article 29 Working Party as well as advising businesses and government entities on UK, EU and international data protection and privacy legislation.
She has a degree in French, Italian and linguistics and recently completed an LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice. She has an ISEB certificate in data protection and is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Katy Fixter is the Market Development Director for our in-house community. Katy worked as a lawyer for over 10 years, including working in-house at BlackRock Investment Management as lead counsel for their real estate funds in the EMEA region. Katy is responsible for the market strategy and overall product portfolio for LexisNexis’ in-house customers, working to capture and analyse deep market insight to deliver tailored products that enable in-house teams to deliver value to their businesses.
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.
Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.
Iain’s in-house career spans 14 years with the 7 years from 2006 to 2013 being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he led a team of 18 staff.
Iain has previously been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as a thought leader in legal management. He has spoken regularly and had published articles particularly on how to measure legal value.
Aside from legal management, Iain has significant expertise in regulatory work, particularly competition law and anti-bribery. Iain has led the implementation of large scale compliance programmes and also managed regulatory investigations.
Outside of the day job Iain has a passion for community projects and has been a non-executive director of a housing association and also established a debt advice centre. This social conscious approach continues in Radius Law with a bold commitment to pay 10% of profits to charity.
Larissa holds a LLB in Law with Hispanic Law and a LLM specialising in Competition Law from University College London. She gained valuable commercial experience working for a demanding US client, one of the ‘big 4’ accountancy firms, in Procurement Operations at multinational, Tata Consultancy Services.
Larissa is particularly interested in the shared responsibility between the public and private sectors to achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes. Her LLB dissertation explored the environmental responsibility of multinational corporations investing in developing countries, focusing particularly on the example of Finnish company Botnia from the high profile ICJ case, Paper Pulp Mills. She was subsequently awarded a distinction for her LLM dissertation on how to generate a credible commitment to infrastructure privatisation under public private partnerships in the emerging market context.
Larissa is also passionate about a range of international development issues. In 2009 she completed a Legal Aid internship with the Uruguayan Judiciary. More recently, Larissa was awarded a competitive fellowship to work on a micro-solar distribution project in Bangalore, India, with social business Pollinate Energy. Along with fulfilling her responsibilities with CLT envirolaw, Larissa has also been working with the British Association for Sustainable Sport and has volunteered with Legal Response Initiative, an organisation offering free legal advice to least developed countries during UN climate change negotiations.
Guy Skelton is a senior editor in the Current Awareness team at LexisNexis.
Guy received a MA in Ethics & Social Philosophy from Cardiff University and was called to the Bar in 2012.
Paul qualified as a UK solicitor in 1987 and for much of his career he was an in-house lawyer. Paul was the General Counsel in two major UK financial services companies and held positions as chairman and chief executive of the national in-house lawyers Commerce & Industry Group. For six years Paul was a Council Member of the England & Wales Law Society and was elected to the Society’s Main Management Board. Until 2014 he was also Vice-Chairman and a Trustee of LawWorks, the UK’s national pro bono charity.
Paul is a successful author with six books and over one-hundred published articles in the UK, Europe, North America and South Africa.
Liesl Haldane is a PSL within the Lexis®PSL In-house team. Liesl trained and qualified as a solicitor in South Africa and re-qualified in England and Wales while working in the Corporate team at Stephenson Harwood. Liesl worked as an in-house lawyer at Royal Mail plc for 14 years. During her time there she worked in the Commercial Affairs team including for a period as acting Legal Director to the team. Liesl advised across the whole of the commercial business of RM including core mail retail, address management, procurement, advising on key commercial bespoke agreements, data product development, data protection and privacy. Liesl develops content for PSL aimed at the in-house legal community and supports the team in various networking groups for in-house lawyers.
André is a commercial lawyer with a focus on regulatory compliance, processes and investigations. His practice has engaged both the private and public sectors. He was Brussels-based for many years focusing on a multitude of EU issues during which time he worked across Europe and beyond. He has assisted and advised mainly European and US in-house counsel and other company personnel. Further, he has also addressed a variety of legal matters in the context of EU-funded projects building the expertise and capacity of government ministries and agencies in Central and Eastern Europe and further afield. He therefore brings to the practice a wide range of experience and skills.
He qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1993. He is a Cambridge University graduate and a fluent French speaker with a reasonable command of Russian.
Lewis Crofts is Global Chief Correspondent at MLex Market Insight, an independent media organisation providing market insight, analysis and commentary on regulatory risk. An expert in EU court function, competition policy and litigation, he leads MLex’s coverage on EU regulation, and has secured exclusive interviews with Margrethe Vestager, European competition chief, and Romano Pisciotti the first European ever extradited to the US on cartel charges. A graduate of Oxford University, Lewis worked in academia at the Charles University in Prague prior to becoming a journalist.