LONDON DECEMBER 18 2017: Bjarne Tellmann, General Counsel at Pearson, the world’s learning company, has been recognised by his peers in the legal profession at two leading awards ceremonies - the British Legal Awards, and the Legal 500 awards.
Bjarne has been awarded General Counsel of the Year at the British Legal Awards, an annual ceremony hosted by Legal Week in association with The City of London Law Society. The awards ceremony, which took place in November 2017, is attended by 1,000 lawyers with winners decided by an independent judging panel.
In addition, Bjarne has been awarded the Legal 500’s UK Lifetime Achievement/Services to the In-House Profession Award, which he will receive at a ceremony in London in February 2018. The Legal 500 awards are based on 70,000 interviews with in-house counsel, law firms and sets in the UK to pinpoint the most capable, expert practitioners and firms operating at the top of their game across a number of different business sectors.
Bjarne said: “I am grateful for this recognition from my industry peers and in no small part this is due to having one of the best in-house teams in the business. Leading the legal function at Pearson at a time of significant digital disruption has been challenging, but ultimately highly rewarding. We’re simplifying the business and taking out costs, while also building a world-class, global legal team with strong digital capabilities and the ability to handle the full range of complex legal issues. It’s great to be recognised for this work.”
Bjarne is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Pearson. He previously worked across Europe, Asia and the United States in various capacities with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as Associate General Counsel. He has also held various legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP.
He holds a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago, an M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics, and has completed Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Corporate Counsel programme.
Bjarne’s book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel,” was published in 2017.
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