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New general counsel appointed at Leighton Holdings

19th June 2012

The Sydney-headquartered contract mining and construction giants Leighton Holdings have announced the appointment of a new general counsel and company secretary, with the candidate in question leaving his previous role as part of the Australian government to join the firm.

Richard Willcock, who until recently held the post of National Director at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, was headhunted as part of the multinational group’s latest legal recruitment drive; Leighton’s Chief Executive Officer Hamish Tyrwhitt explained in a statement that it was a highly successful record in corporate governance that had convinced him and his colleagues that Willcock was the right man for the job.

The new head of law services at Leighton Holdings has had general counsel experience before, previously spending around six years heading up Westpac Banking’s legal team. This appointment follows a lengthy search and what has been a period of uncertainty for the organisation, with it being three months since their last general counsel, Craig van der Lann, departed.