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Samantha Levine appointed as Senior Vice President of JLT Specialty

JLT Specialty, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (LSE:JLT.L), the leading global specialist risk advisor and broker, is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Levine as Senior Vice President of JLT’s Cyber / E&O Practice.

Based in Denver, Levine will be responsible for advising JLT’s clients on complex areas of Errors & Omissions and Cyber risk, through exposure identification and assessment, prioritization of complex areas of risk, and the creation of solutions to minimize the impact to their reputation and balance sheet.

Levine comes to JLT from Aon, where she served as Vice President within the Professional Risk Solutions team. During this time, Levine advised clients in the Western US, and also provided national expertise in Network Security & Privacy and technology risks. Levine specialized in creating bespoke solutions for her clients for what were deemed “uninsurable risks”. Furthermore, she co-led Aon’s Professional Risk Solutions Policy Committee, where she negotiated language enhancements with senior legal and underwriting leadership.

“We are committed to bringing the best resources to our clients,” said Shannon Groeber, Executive Vice President at JLT Specialty. “Samantha’s in-depth experience working in complex areas of risk will be an invaluable asset to our clients and the company.”

“The appointment of Samantha further strengthens our Cyber/E&O team,” said Pat Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer at JLT Specialty. “Having Samantha on our team is a reflection of our on-going commitment to hire the best professionals in our industry.”

Levine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from University of Kansas School of Law.

About JLT Specialty

Jardine Lloyd Thompson is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence. JLT is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and owns offices in more than 40 territories with over 10,000 employees. Supported by the JLT International Network, it offers risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries. For further information about JLT, please visit our website www.jlt.com and follow us on LinkedIn at JLT Group and Twitter @JLTGroup.

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New CEO of the Single Financial Guidance Body appointed

John Govett is vastly experienced, having worked in leadership roles across the public, private and charitable sectors including as Group Chief Executive at Ixion Holdings, a not-for-profit skills and employment group of companies, Managing Director of Surrey County Council, Shaw Trust Charity Board Executive and P&O Ferries Commercial Board Director. He has a strong track record of driving transformational change, delivering outstanding services and leading successful growth.

A deputy chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, he will take up his new post in October 2018. His appointment, for a four-and-a-half year term, follows an open and competitive recruitment process overseen by the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The government is bringing together 3 well known and respected organisations, the Money Advice Service, Pension Wise and the Pensions Advisory Service to create a new Single Financial Guidance Body offering UK-wide guidance on pensions and money, and debt advice in England.

SFGB is a fantastic opportunity to improve provision of free and impartial money and pensions guidance and debt advice so that people can make informed choices about their finances. This is a challenging but rewarding opportunity to lead on improving financial capability in the UK.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome John Govett as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Single Financial Guidance Body.”

“John has extensive experience and knowledge from across a range of public and private organisations which make him the ideal candidate to establish this crucial new body, heralding a new era of excellence for financial guidance and debt advice in the UK. I look forward to working with John.”

John Govett said:

“I am honoured to be appointed the Chief Executive of the Single Financial Guidance Body. The new organisation will become a leader in its field, where we will strive to equip those in need of help with the money and pensions guidance and debt advice that they need to engage confidently with financial services. The key for the SFGB will be to focus on those services our customers need, with a joined-up partnership approach with the wider industry.”

“I very much look forward to this exciting new combined service offer for the public and our staff.”

The chair of the Single Financial Guidance Body, Sir Hector Sants, said:

“The new organisation has a clear mission to help everyone manage their personal finances as well as their circumstances allow. My vision is of an organisation which is seen as transparent, accountable, effective and above all respected by all.”

“I am delighted that John is joining us and I look forward to supporting him over the coming years.”

More Information:

John’s most recent role was as Group CEO of Ixion Holdings. His career has been in transformational change, partnership working, delivering outstanding services and leading successful growth. John has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors, with previous posts including Managing Director at Surrey County Council, Shaw Trust Charity Board Executive and P&O Ferries Commercial Board Director. John is also Deputy Chairman/Non-Executive Director of an NHS Foundation Trust acute hospital.

The department announced Sir Hector Sants as the new chair of the SFGB in May 2018. Sir Hector spent his executive career in financial services and regulation, including as the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority, European CEO of Credit Suisse and a partner of stockbrokers Phillips & Drew. Since retiring from full time work, his focus has been helping people manage their money, and promoting a fairer financial system. Sir Hector is a trustee of Just Finance, a charity which collaborates with the Church of England to promote a fairer financial system, and a member of the UK’s Financial Capability Board. He is also chairman of StepChange Debt Charity, the UK’s biggest debt advice charity, but will step down before joining the SFGB.

The SFGB will replace the 3 existing providers of government-sponsored financial guidance – the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise – bringing together the provision of debt advice, money guidance and pensions guidance for the first time. A new, single body provides an opportunity to deliver a more streamlined service to members of the public providing easier access to the information and guidance people need to help them make effective financial decisions throughout their lives.

We expect the SFGB to be established as a legal entity in October 2018 and start preparing for its official launch in January 2019 when the body takes on its delivery functions and staff will transfer to the new organisation. It will have 5 core functions:

– the pensions guidance function – to provide information and guidance to the public on matters relating to occupational and personal pensions
– the money guidance function – to provide information and guidance designed to enhance people’s understanding and knowledge of financial matters and their ability to manage their own financial affairs
– the debt advice function – to provide members of the public in England with information and advice on debt
– the consumer protection function – enabling the SFGB to work with government and the Financial Conduct Authority in protecting consumers from detriment
– the strategic function – to work with others in the financial services industry, the devolved authorities, and the public and voluntary sectors to develop a national strategy to improve the financial capability of members of the public, the ability of members of the public to manage debt, and the provision of financial education to children and young people

The body will also provide advice to the Secretary of State on establishment of a debt respite scheme.

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New Attorney General appointed

The Prime Minister appoints Geoffrey Cox QC MP as Attorney General.

Commenting on his appointment as Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP has said:

“It is an honour to be appointed Attorney General for England and Wales. I look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor and I want to thank Jeremy Wright for his distinguished four years in the role.”

“The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is a unique and historic government department. I am proud to be joining the AGO, which has the highest staff engagement score in central Government. I look forward to working with the Solicitor General to play my part in making law and politics work together at the heart of the UK constitution.”

The Prime Minister appointed Geoffrey Cox QC MP as Attorney General on 9 July.

As the Government’s chief legal advisor, Geoffrey Cox will advise the Government and attend Cabinet. The new Attorney General will also oversee the work of the Law Officers Departments which include the independent prosecuting authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office, and the Government Legal Department and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

Geoffrey Cox will cease all private practice as a barrister, as previous Law Officers have done on appointment.

The Attorney General and Solicitor General also carry out a number of functions in the public interest, such as considering unduly lenient sentences, and take action when there has been a contempt of court. These functions are carried out independently of their role as Government ministers.

Notes Geoffrey Cox QC MP was appointed Attorney General for England and Wales on 9 July 2018. He replaces Jeremy Wright QC MP who is now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, remains in post.

Geoffrey Cox’s Biography:

Geoffrey Cox has been MP for Torridge and West Devon since May 2005. He lives in West Devon, near Tavistock, with his wife, Jeanie and his family. They have a daughter and two sons, Charlotte, James and Jonathan who attended the local school. Geoffrey was born and brought up in the West Country.

Geoffrey Cox QC was called to the Bar in 1982 and made Silk in 2003. He co-founded Thomas More Chambers in 1992.

Geoffrey Cox has appeared in many high profile cases receiving national and international publicity from trial to appeal before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. His advocacy has been described by a professional court journalist in a recent book as “extremely persuasive”.

Geoffrey is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

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Carson McDowell expands team in response to growing demand

Irish law firm Carson McDowell has expanded its corporate team in response to increased demand from local and international clients.

The firm has appointed three new lawyers to the team: Paul McGuickin has joined the firm as a senior associate, Rosanne Brennan has been appointed as an associate and Helen Boyle has joined as a solicitor. Rosaleen Jones has also become the corporate team’s new legal secretary. This brings the total number of lawyers in the team to 20, with five support staff.

In the past 12 months Carson McDowell’s corporate team has advised on transactions with a combined value of more than £750m for clients in Northern Ireland and other markets.

In 2018 alone this includes acting as lead advisers on the £400m+ sale of Lagan Group’s materials business to Breedon Group plc, advising the shareholders of Lowe Rental Ltd in relation to the £60m investment by private equity fund Perwyn and taking the lead adviser role on the acquisition by SHS Group Limited of 3V Natural Foods limited.

Carson McDowell was this week named by Experian as Northern Ireland’s leading legal adviser for M&A in Q1 by transaction volume – working on nine deals in total.

Neasa Quigley, joint head of the firm’s corporate team, said: “2017 was a busy year for Carson McDowell’s corporate law team and the first half of 2018 has continued in the same vein.”

“We have advised leading Northern Irish businesses and international businesses across a full spectrum of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance, joint ventures, group reorganisations and corporate governance.”

Richard Gray, joint head of the corporate team, added: “In recent years the firm has been at the forefront of some of the most significant corporate transactions across many different sectors in Northern Ireland. Continued growth in this area has caused us to expand the team and we are confident that the appointments announced today will further strengthen Carson McDowell’s offering to our clients.”