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Eversheds is overhauling its entire senior management in a dramatic bid to increase its international reach.
The radical shake-up, effective 1 May, will see London managing partner Michael Brown relocate to Paris to take up a newly created role of European managing partner.
Brown, currently managing partner for London and the south and east regions, will assume responsibility for all of Eversheds Continental offices.
Head of real estate Cornelius Medvei replaces Brown and is in turn replaced by Lee Ranson, currently head of real estate litigation. Eversheds chairman and head of international development Alan Jenkins will continue in that role.
Eversheds chief excutive David Gray said that the new structure was an effort to add more focus to the firm’s international activities.
He told The Lawyer: “This is about responding to client demand and offering an integrated service across Europe."
Among other new appointments, corporate head Martin Issitt becomes the new international head of corporate and will be replaced by Peter Halpin, currently head of corporate in Leeds and Manchester.
Head of operations Bryan Hughes has also been promoted. From 1 May he will become UK managing partner responsible for UK operations and the firm’s client relationship programme.