Fulton, 38, succeeds Philip Circus, the former IPA chief legal advisor, who has chaired the group continuously since he co-founded it 15 years ago. Circus is stepping down citing the pressure of work.
The Advertising Lawyers Group represents agency in-house lawyers and legal firms specialising in the communications industry. It aims to act as a forum for lawyers working across all sectors of the business, allowing them to discuss issues and share best practice.
The Group meets monthly and invites a variety of guest speakers including top civil servants and eminent QCs.
Fulton, a barrister, joined the Y&R Group in 1994 and is responsible for legal decision-making and implementation in its UK and Europe, the Middle East and Africa offices. At Y&R her responsibilities include legal strategy, intellectual property, copy clearance, client and artistic contracts and employment, company and trademark law.
Before joining Y&R, Fulton was the legal advisor, later the head of legal affairs at the ITV Network Centre. She was responsible for identifying and solving actual and potential legal problems for the ITV companies and the network. She was called to the Bar in 1987 after taking her law degree at London University.
Fulton said: "Good legal practice is crucial to the smooth and cost-effective running of our industry. The Advertising Lawyers Group can bring a lot of experience and brain-power to bear on the issues facing us."