A senior figure at a leading North East hospitality and leisure group has achieved a first for the region with a new appointment.

Group In-House Lawyer, Anu Kaura, Head of Legal at Newcastle-based Malhotra Group, has been appointed as a committee member for the Law Society’s In-House Division.

The Division is the community for In-House lawyers working in corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

It aims to bring In-House lawyers together to share best practice and address current issues and challenges in a supportive environment.

Anu, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, spent almost 16 years handling private and legal aid work for law firms prior to joining Malhotra Group in 2017, where she now advises on all areas of law including complex regulatory work, commercial property transactions, employment matters, licensing, trademarking and intellectual property.

The only In-House Division committee member within the North East, Anu plans to introduce seminars, networking and workshops in the region and to raise the Division’s profile in the region.

She is also involved in encouraging and building on the current mentor scheme to help and support other In-House Lawyers.

“I have really benefitted from establishing a relationship with a mentor through the Law Society’s In-House Division so it is important to me that I help other lawyers to connect with mentors too,” she said.

“I am really honoured and proud to have been appointed to the committee and I am looking forward to expanding its presence – and awareness of it – in the North East.”

Malhotra Group PLC owns some of the North East’s most popular hotels, bars and restaurants, along with a portfolio of commercial property and residential care homes under its Prestwick Care division.