Gill Meller

Gill Meller

Legal Director and Secretary at MTR Corporation

Location:
MTR Headquarters Building Telford Plaza 33 Wai Yip Street Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Kowloon City, China

General Information

Education

Hertford College , University of Oxford

Master of Arts degree  - Geography , 

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Gill Meller
Legal Director & Secretary MTR CORPORATION

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Speakers: Jeremy Lam, Partner, Deacons; Gill Meller, Legal and European Business Director, MTR Corporation
In this fireside chat, Jeremy Lam and Gill Meller discussed how in-house counsel could bring extra value by adding input on business management, strategic planning objectives and other more commercial areas beyond the legal purview. Referencing her own experience, Gill shared how being a lawyer gave her a platform to escalate upward to getting a seat at the management table. She recommended in-house counsel to "step out of their comfort zones" and be confident in providing a broader scope of advice. Gill additionally reminded that in-house counsel needed to engrain a culture of compliance right from the start to meet the standards of increasingly aggressive regulators. In-house counsel should institute policies and provide regular training as a proactive measure. Offering a unique perspective, Gill coloured the intricacies of her role by describing how her team managed the arson attack on the MTR that occurred in February earlier this year. For smaller to mid-sized in-house legal teams, she recognised that upward progression may be difficult and she counselled how important it was for team leaders to find other ways to develop their members. For those in-house counsel looking to expand their role, as Gill did, she recommended they share with others their desire to expand their role, volunteer time to advise beyond legal work, figure out what their priorities are and in summary, "don't be a pointed object, but rather be rounded in your thinking and maintain a broad perspective".

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To celebrate the launch of WILHK, a cocktail party was hosted at Cipriani on Monday, 15 June, with guest speaker Gill Meller, Legal Director & Secretary of MTR Corporation Limited.

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