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Paul Barrett


Paul qualified as a barrister before moving into industry and has over 20 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer.

For the past 10 years, Paul has been Head of Legal Affairs at Home Retail Group plc, parent company of Argos, Homebase and Habitat and the UK’s largest home and general merchandise retailer, where he was a member of the Group senior leadership team and led a team of lawyers and compliance professionals that supported and advised Group companies on all areas of commercial law, regulatory compliance and risk management.

Paul has spoken frequently at external conferences on issues that are pertinent to in-house teams, including managing litigation globally and commoditising the commercial contracting process.

Over the past 12 months, Paul has played a key role leading the in-house legal team as it dealt with the sale of Homebase to Wesfarmers for £340m and the subsequent £1.4billion acquisition of Home Retail Group by J Sainsbury plc.