The panel consists of four extremely experienced GC's. Please read their experiences and thoughts on CLL below:

Claire Debney

Claire is a former senior in-house counsel (Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble) and executive with extensive global experience.  Currently she works at Shire as Director of Legal Strategy and Chief of Staff to the General Counsel (consultant).

A passionate advocate for learning, development and creating leadership at all levels, she consults on legal operational excellence and engaging talent through mentoring and coaching. As a qualified coach and co-founder of the Mosaic mentoring program for in-house lawyers, her aim is to create change in the legal profession.

She brings a deep understanding of practising as an international lawyer, both in private practice and in- house, to her coaching as well as expertise in mentoring and transformational change.

"As the co-founder of the Mosaic mentoring program for in-house lawyers, I truly understand the benefit that the support others can provide. Joining the Advisory Board of CLL is an opportunity for me to contribute further to the in-house legal community, by listening to your concerns and by continuing to shape and develop the shared learning platform to meet your needs. Resource is often scarce in-house and the pressures are great. CLL can help at every step of the journey. Help us help you shape and grow CLL to support your needs."

Anthony Inglese

Anthony is a honorary professor at Brunel University and external consultant.

He trains in-house lawyers on a range of subjects, including influence, relationship building and personal and team development. He sits on the board of an international pro bono legal charity, chairs recruitment boards for senior roles in a regulator and profiles senior in-house barristers for Counsel magazine.

Previously, Anthony worked in the civil service for 38 years until 2014. He held roles in seven departments and was head of legal in five. These included HM Revenue & Customs, the then Department of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Defence. He led the government’s legal service training strategy and, for 20 years, trained all new legal recruits in the role of in-house lawyer. Anthony was an active Training Principal to around 100 trainee solicitors and pupil barristers during his civil service career.

Anthony has deep experience in leading large in-house legal teams. His expertise spans client relationship building, resource management, smart working, ensuring high quality legal work and recruiting, developing and appraising lawyers.

"CLL promotes the development of all employed lawyers in the leadership they bring to the organisations where they work - public or private, large or small, whatever the sector and whether they are solicitors or barristers. It's a vitally important community, and its members will benefit in their leadership from closer networking and from the help and support they can give each other through CLL. As a former General Counsel in government service who enjoyed a thoroughly fulfilling career and now as someone who works in the wider legal world, professional and academic, I am excited to be able to assist in developing and steering CLL's activities."

Paul Bentall

Paul spent twenty years in legal and management roles, practising public and commercial law and leading professional teams. He participated in a wide range of business projects and has experience of governance, restructuring, organisational change, training and presenting.

Following an early career in private practice, Paul was a senior lawyer in legal teams in the AXA group of companies. He was general counsel to the Financial Ombudsman Service and worked in professional standards for ICAEW. He has liaised with stakeholders, regulators and public bodies.

Paul has been working with us from the very early days as an advisor, contributor and lead technical editor on website content.        

"I have been a contributor to the Centre for Legal Leadership (CLL) since 2016 and I am very pleased to have been asked to become a member of its first Advisory Panel. I like the concept behind CLL and its aim of providing a comprehensive career guide for lawyers working in-house and those considering making the move.  With in-house practice expanding and changing, developing a Centre to support in-house lawyers and explore some of the non-law themes and challenges they deal with in their different roles and at different stages of their career, is both helpful and timely. I also like the aim of building a community of current and former in-house lawyers who can contribute their ideas and experience in developing a range of information and services that in-house lawyers will hopefully find both useful and interesting."

Robert Ivens

Robert qualified as a solicitor in 1983, spending most of his legal career at Marks & Spencer.

As Head of Legal, he was responsible for all legal advice provided to the M&S Group worldwide during a period that included two failed bids by Philip Green and a seven year battle with Interflora over the use of Google ad words. He retired from M&S in 2016 and is currently working as a consultant with Peerpoint on interim assignments.

The in-house legal community is strong, diverse and buoyant. In-house solicitors represent 22% of all working solicitors (Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2017). Yet I have always been struck by the lack of a free online resource dedicated to in-house lawyers where everything can be found in one place, from legal updates to what you can expect the first day you walk into your in-house role. CLL provides just that, together with opportunities to ask questions and become more directly involved in discussions within the in-house community. With 30 odd years behind me working in-house in the retail sector, I’m delighted to be able to join the CLL panel, which has serious ambitions to take CLL to the next stage. Watch this space!