DLA Piper seeks ‘fresh perspective’ with management revamp

DLA Piper has made a number of management changes including naming Andrew Darwin as UK managing partner and shaking up its year-old executive management team.

David Bradley, who was the firm’s UK managing partner, and Alastair Da Costa, who was the firm’s Asia Pacific and Middle East managing partner, have both stepped down. Bradley will return to fee earning as a partner in the employment, pensions and benefits group, while Da Costa will become a consultant from 30 June, pursuing other interests outside the firm.

Bradley will be replaced by Andrew Darwin, who is also the firm’s chief operating officer. Bob Charlton will take over as managing director of the firm’s Asia Pacific operations, while Ulrich Jüngst, who was already a member of the firm’s executive management, will become managing director for the Middle East in addition to his Europe leadership role.

Bradley has also stepped down as head of the employment, pensions and benefits group, with a replacement expected to be appointed at a later date. Likewise, Simon Levine, who was head of intellectual property and technology, and Juan Picon, who was head of corporate, have both stepped down from their roles to become joint managing directors of groups and sectors at the firm, a new joint role on the executive management team. Again, replacements will be named at a later, unspecified, date.

Carol Ashton and Zelinda Bennett have also been appointed to the executive management team, as human resources director, and marketing and business development director, respectively.

Nigel Knowles will remain managing partner and global co-CEO, Tony Angel continues as senior partner and global co-chairman, and Paul Edwards retains the position of chief financial officer.

All the changes will take effect from 1 May.

In a statement, Knowles said: “The new executive will bring a fresh perspective to the firm and we hope it will enable us to increase the pace and intensity of the implementation of our strategic framework.”

DLA Piper first established its executive management team, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm and the development of strategic proposals, in May 2011.

News of Da Costa’s decision to step down was first reported last week (3 April 2012).