The Lawyer in the UK are preparing for the publication of the “Hot List” of the lawyers and their pre-publication excitement has lead to the publication of four lawyers named in the list previously and how the honour has changed their professional, if not personal lives.


Well, whatever.

The first up is the Royal Mail’s Maaike de Bie who was appointed to her role just three months after being named to last year’s list.

Show’s the influence these lists have.  Unless, it was pure ability on Ms de Bie’s part, of course.

“It was a lovely surprise when I got the phone call, but I didn’t realise just how many people read The Lawyer both online and in the magazine,” she says. “Although I have worked in this country for over 20 years, being recognised in this way by the community is very meaningful.”

Since then, the outspoken general counsel has orchestrated some major changes in Royal Mail’s in-house team to reflect the wider changes at the company.

She did a complete overhaul of the legal function, which up until that moment had been quite separated into their specialisms. “I looked at our legal portfolio and created four big groups,” she explains. “Rather than one deputy general counsel, I decided to have four assistant general counsel.”

The rest of the four can be seen at the Lawyer site (registration required), if not there is sure to be publication of the hottest of UK’s hot lawyers – next week.

Source: The Lawyer

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