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Elizabeth Thompson

Chief Legal Officer

Gymshark Ltd

Birmingham, UK

Elizabeth Thompson
Sally Tennant OBE
Acorn Capital Advisers
Hugh Tidbury
Greenhill & Co International LLP

Elizabeth Thompson’s Biography

Elizabeth Thompson serves as Chief Legal Officer and is a member of the Executive Team at leading sportswear brand, Gymshark.

In August 2020 a deal was struck that valued Gymshark at more than £1bn ($1.3bn). The valuation means that Gymshark joins the list of less than 25 British companies to have secured 'unicorn' status since 2001.

During her time at Gymshark, Elizabeth has had the privilege of building the legal team and its strategy under three core pillars: Commercial Contracts; Compliance; and Intellectual Property.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in a range of corporate, commercial and compliance matters. She is calm and pragmatic in her approach, passionate about the personal development of her team and embedding legal as a valued business partner.

Prior to joining Gymshark, Elizabeth was Head of Legal at Müller UK & Ireland Group. During her 12-year tenure at the dairy business, she held several senior legal posts. She completed her solicitor training at multi-national law firm, Pinsent Masons, in Birmingham.

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Sheffield University and attended a Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. She is a member of the Law Society.

Elizabeth’s Background

Gymshark Ltd
Chief Legal Officer
Feb 2021 - Present
Birmingham, UK
Gymshark is a UK fitness, apparel and accessory company, established by Ben Francis in 2012. It has since grown into a leading sportswear brand. The business credits its success to a strong online presence, continuous innovation and high-quality performance wear.
Gymshark Ltd
Senior Vice-President & General Counsel
Aug 2020 - Feb 2021
Birmingham, UK
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The Law Society
Sep 2004 - Present
London, UK
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors, acting as the voice of solicitors, whilst driving excellence in the profession & safeguarding the rule of law.

Awards & Endorsements

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The Sunday Times Profit Track 100
Winner 2020
London, UK
Gymshark were top of the league in the 2020 Sunday Times Profit Track 100. The Profit Track 100 ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. Gymshark’s profits have rocketed from £1.1m in 2016 to £18.6m in 2019.
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The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards
Winner 2019
London, UK
Gymshark was ranked No. 1 in The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards 2019. The International Track 200 ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
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Elizabeth’s Education

Nottingham Trent University
Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School - Commendation
2001 - 2002
University of Sheffield
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
1998 - 2001