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DLA Piper has appointed Tim Clement-Jones as London managing partner, taking over from real estate partner Catherine Usher.
Clement-Jones, who heads the firm’s international business relations initiatives, will take up the post from 1 January 2011.
Usher will return to fee-earning after a 10-year stint in the senior management position.
UK regional managing partner David Bradley, who was responsible for taking soundings for the London managing partner role, told The Lawyer: “Catherine’s been doing the role for 10 years. That’s a pretty good time for this job. She’s probably the longest-serving London managing partner.”
He added that “no other recommendations” were made for the London managing partner role, which will see Clement-Jones have responsibility for the firm’s largest UK office, accounting for almost 50 per cent of national income.
Clement-Jones is a Liberal Democrat peer and is party treasurer.
“He is and will remain a peer,” commented Bradley. “We feel he’s got the time, energy and skills to carry out the role.”