William Bowes has left the Publishers Association (PA), following 17 months as general counsel and director of policy.
Bowes left last month to become general counsel for Condé Nast International (CNI), based at the firm's London headquarters. The company publishes more than 30 print and digital brands including Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair and operates in 31 markets.
Jason Miles, chief financial officer at CNI, said: "We are thrilled to welcome William Bowes to Condé Nast International. William has an exceptional understanding of the publishing industry and we are delighted that someone of his calibre has joined our business. William has been appointed as the first general counsel at our international headquarters and will be responsible for all of our legal affairs internationally."
During his time at the PA, Bowes worked on areas including copyright and the future of the UK's trade policy post-Brexit. He has a particular speciality in copyright and previously served as chair of the PA’s International Board and prior to this as chair of the PA’s Academic, Professional and Learning Publishers Council.
PA c.e.o. Stephen Lotinga said: “This was an incredible professional opportunity for Will and everyone at the Publishers Association wishes him all the best in this next stage of his career. Prior to working here as director of policy and general counsel, Will had been closely involved in our work as a member for more than 12 years. He made a big contribution in both those capacities which we’re very grateful for.”
Bowes joined the PA from Cambridge University Press in November 2017, saying there was "urgent work" to be done. During his six-year stint as CUP's general counsel and company secretary, he was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100. Before then Bowes worked with Penguin Books and Informa PLC. He qualified as a solicitor as part of the intellectual property team at Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG) in London.
The PA's head of public affairs and research Dan Conway, who joined the organisation in 2017, will now take on the policy brief as director of external affairs.