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Bill Deeves
General Counsel & Company Secretary

An entrepreneurial General Counsel and Company Secretary, with a proven track record over 20 years helping clients succeed through a blend of legal, managerial, strategic and operational expertise.  Having worked for and instructed leading law firms, often in high profile situations and under close press scrutiny, he understands and delivers a client-centred service.

Client Testimonials
“Now I’ve got one of him, I wish I had five.”(CEO, UK Aerospace Engineering Group)

“It has been a pleasure to work with Bill and he has done a great job.” (COO, UK Engineering Group)

“An exceptional lawyer, considered but incredibly pragmatic.” (General Counsel, UK Aerospace Engineering Group)

“I have for several years worked closely with Bill, and can highly recommend his capacity for delivering practical and cost-effective solutions to a wide array of commercial, contractual and legal issues.”(Sales & Marketing Director, UK Aerospace Engineering Group)

“I’ve been in industry for about 20 years negotiating major deals globally and have come across many legal experts. I have never met someone as thorough, comprehensive and yet pragmatic, effective and above all customer-focussed as Bill.” (Sales & Marketing Director, German Aerospace Engineering Company)

“Bill’s input is always quick, incisive and comprehensive.  His pragmatic solutions are delivered clearly and effectively – I’ve lost count of the times he’s helped us scramble out of a hole!” (FD, Private Equity Division of a UK Bank)

“He reads situations well and can react quickly to make a real difference. We always feel well-supported.” (Senior Clinician, NHS)

Work History

  • The Lucy Heart Foundation – Founding Trustee, General Counsel and Company Secretary (2019 to date)
  • Martin-Baker Aircraft Company – Group General Counsel & Company Secretary (2017 to 2020)
  • Ricardo plc – UK, European and EMEA General Counsel & Company Secretary (2012 to 2017)
  • Premium Aircraft Interiors Group (formerly Britax plc) – General Counsel (2008 to 2012)
  • BAE SYSTEMS plc, Regional Aircraft Asset Management – Legal Adviser and Senior Legal Adviser (2003 to 2008)
  • Pinsent Masons, Edinburgh and London – Solicitor (1998 to 2002)
  • Anderson Strathern, Edinburgh – Trainee Solicitor (1996 to 1998)

Experience

  • Asset management
  • Business process outsourcing
  • Construction and engineering
  • Commercial contracts
  • Company secretarial
  • Debt recovery
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory compliance

Education

  • Member of the Knowledge Transfer Trust – Oxford University (2020)
  • Advanced Management & Leadership Programme – Oxford University (2017)
  • MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution – King’s College London (2002)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice – Edinburgh University (1996)
  • Published Postgraduate Research – Oxford University (1995)
  • LL.B in Law – Aberdeen University (1995)
  • MA(Hons) in English – Aberdeen University (1993)
  • O, AO, AS and A Levels – The King’s School Canterbury (1989)

Interests

  • A keen musician and supporter of the performing arts.
Telephone: 020 7504 7071 ext 2115