E&Y lawyer gets board appointment

Victoria Cochrane, the general counsel for Big Four firm Ernst & Young
has been appointed to the firm’s board by incoming chairman Mark Otty.

Cochrane successfully defended E&Y in its £2.6bn court battle with
Equitable Life.

She has led the firm’s UK legal and risk management functions for the past 15
years, will be responsible for quality and risk management both in the UK and

Cochrane is already a partner in the firm but has until now not sat on the

She told Legal Week that she would be focusing less on her legal
role and more on improving risk management across the organisation. ‘It is a
change of emphasis, rather than a major change, since I have had the quality and
risk management role for a while,’ she said.

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