Giles joined the 3Kites team in 2018 after a career break to spend more time with family (before children flew the nest) and having decided it was time to do something a bit different with his career. Having started working life in the early nineties in the competition & anti-trust team at Freshfields he ‘switched sides’ to go in-house in 1996 in a quest for more breadth to my legal career. Giles joined the in-house team at Cable & Wireless plc and spent almost ten years there working as an in-house lawyer at group companies in the UK and Australia on a broad multi-disciplinary basis. In 2005 he left to join easyJet plc where he spent the next ten years on the executive board as General Counsel, Company Secretary and Director of Regulation.
Since 2015, Giles has set up a small airline consultancy (the aviation bug’s hard to remove from the system) and spent significant time advising the Board of a listed company on governance matters.
Having juggled the responsibilities of optimising a legal function (marrying in house resource cohesively with external counsel resources) while contributing to executive team management duties and being the Chairman and CEO’s ‘trusted adviser’, Giles is aware of the challenges facing today’s GCs and their teams. He’s also aware that as technology develops increasingly rapidly, it’s easy for busy lawyers to overlook the potential efficiency and cost benefits it can bring to in-house teams.