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Clarion expands busy commercial and IT team

Victoria Leadley has joined Clarion’s expanding commercial and IT practice as a legal director.

With 17 years’ legal experience, Victoria has held a number of in-house roles, having trained as a lawyer with BAE Systems plc where she gained a valuable insight into business needs and was exposed to a range of legal disciplines, in addition to developing key commercial skills.

Victoria then spent almost ten years with a law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne as managing associate in its Commercial team, advising both private and public sector bodies on a range of commercial issues, as well as undertaking a number of secondments with businesses.

She joins from British Engines where she spent nearly four years as legal counsel and compliance officer, providing legal advice to all businesses within the group.

Victoria’s expertise includes drafting, negotiating and advising on all types of commercial and IT agreements. Her experience ranges from agency and distribution agreements to purchasing and outsourcing agreements; as well as advising on data protection, governance and confidentiality.

Matthew Hattersley, partner and head of Clarion’s Commercial and IT team, said: “Demand for our services has continued to grow, based on the strength of our reputation, and Victoria’s expertise will be a valuable boost to the team. With her extensive track record in commercial roles, both in-house and within a law firm, she will add further strength in depth.”

Victoria said: “I have chosen to join Clarion because it is an incredibly well-respected firm and is known for the quality of its team and clients, Its values reverberate with my own, and I am particularly impressed by its commitment to providing a healthy work life balance. I’m looking forward to being part of such a vibrant and growing team.”

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