Eurostar appoints new Director of Legal & Corporate Services

2 Dec 2005

Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today announced that it has appointed Niul Dillon Hatcher as its new Director of Legal and Corporate Services.
Niul Dillon Hatcher qualified as a solicitor in 1989 with Clifford Chance and, before joining Eurostar, he was General Counsel for CrestCo Limited (which provides the settlement mechanism to the LSE) where he was responsible for all legal and regulatory matters. Previously, he was in-house at Coutts Group, the international banking company, and, before that, was General Counsel to the CLS Bank. Outside work, Niul enjoys travel, skiing and the arts.
At Eurostar, Niul's role includes: managing the legal department of seven lawyers; working with the relevant regulatory and control authorities in the UK, France and Belgium; responsibility for security at operational areas in the UK; and the management of Eurostar's portfolio of property interests in the UK. He is also Eurostar's Company Secretary.
Niul Dillon Hatcher commented: "I am delighted to be joining Eurostar at such an important and exciting time for the business. Eurostar provides an award-winning service for leisure and business travellers and I look forward to the unique challenges that my new role will bring."
In the first nine months of 2005 Eurostar carried 5.63 million passengers and saw a 15% rise in business travellers. Its share of the rail/air market on its core routes has risen to record levels: Eurostar now has 71% of the London-Paris market and 64% of the London-Brussels market.
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Editors Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. In 2007, with the completion of the UK high speed line to London St Pancras, journey times will be reduced still further. London to Paris will be 2hrs15mins, London to Brussels will be 1hr51mins and London to Lille 1hr20mins.
3. Eurostar was named "Train Operator of the Year" at the National Rail Awards 2004; "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 and 2004 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
6. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information or to request photography of Nuil Dillon Hatcher please contact the Eurostar Press Office: +44 (0) 20 7922 4494 or press.office@eurostar.co.uk