U.K. book retailer Waterstones’ general counsel has left after just nine months.
Elisabeth Sullivan, who took on the role at Waterstones in December 2021, has joined tech-enabled procurement and supply chain consultancy Efficio as its next general counsel.
Sullivan told Law.com International on Thursday that she is “delighted to have started my new role at Efficio and looking forward to working with my new colleagues”.
Prior to joining Waterstones, Sullivan worked as group legal manager at chemicals company Ineos and has also held senior legal counsel roles at Sasol and Centrica, according to her social media profile.
She was the sole lawyer at Waterstones, following her sole head of legal position in one of her first roles at oil and energy group Perenco.
In an interview with Law.com International in January, Sullivan said Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was one of her favorite novels and that she credits her mother for introducing her to the classics and growing up in a house “full of books”.
Briefer general counsel stints are becoming increasingly common in the U.K. market as in-house lawyers also take advantage of a competitive hiring market. In 2021, Natalie Prosser left the general counsel post at the U.K. Gambling Commission after just three months, for a CEO role at the Office for Environmental Protection.
Other recent general counsel moves include Swedish telecom company Ericsson hiring Cheryl Yuan from rival VEON Ventures as its next head of global legal affairs and strategy.
Waterstones did not respond to requests for comment.