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Former Shell legal chief to return to private practice

24th February 2014

Former in-house leader for Shell’s legal team, Peter Rees QC, has opted to return to private practice rather than go for another in-house role. The former chief is currently on a month’s leave after his departure from Shell, and plans on entering a private practice firm or go back to the bar on his return to the sector. 

Rees stepped down from his position at Shell last month in a move that shocked and surprised the legal sector. He was succeeded by chief human resources and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell, who took on the position on a temporary basis until a replacement was found, and was supported by Michiel Brandjes, who holds both general counsel and company secretary jobs at the company.

Shell’s former legal director stepped down from the role after only having worked at the company for three years, having joined from Debevoise & Plimpton, according to this article. Rees’ position has now been filled by former project and technology group general counsel Donny Ching, who was announced as taking on the position as legal director with immediate effect earlier this month.