Leading legal directories company The Legal 500 has announced that Catherine McGregor will be joining the company on 27 May as Publishing Director: Corporate Counsel. Her key focus will be to drive The Legal 500’s engagement with general counsel across the globe.
This is a terrific hire for The Legal 500, and is a clear indication of the company’s strategic approach and future plans for development. Catherine is one of the most experienced legal directory professionals in the market, having previously been Chambers & Partners’ Managing Editor for seven years, and most recently, Managing Editor of Lawdragon.
Says Legal 500 Managing Director David Goulthorpe: “We have recruited Catherine to extend [our corporate counsel] portfolio, and for her to launch a number of new initiatives aimed at corporate counsel. Catherine is a significant appointment for The Legal 500; she will work closely with David Burgess, Publishing Director of The Legal 500 and the global figurehead for the editorial and research teams. These are exciting times at The Legal 500, and in Catherine and David, I firmly believe that we have unparalleled editorial talent driving our business forward.”
Exciting times, indeed. The Legal 500 already has an impressive stock of products aimed at corporate counsel, beyond the core legal directories. Among these are US, UK and Latin America editions of The Corporate Counsel 100, recognising in-house innovation, quality & excellence; and The Corporate Counsel 100 Rising Stars, which recognise the next generation of general counsel – a UK edition is already published, and research is now underway for a forthcoming US edition.
Add these to the company’s leading directories business, its refreshingly different take on legal awards, and its various events, roundtables and client intelligence reports, and it’s clear that The Legal 500 is striving for innovation in its offering. And that can only be a good thing for the market generally.