Freshfields corporate set for major shake-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s incoming corporate head Mark Rawlinson is restructuring the department’s management team to give responsibility to a wider group of partners.

Until now the practice has been headed by Tim Jones, who has stepped down to focus on his London office head duties, with four broad groups chaired by partners Will Lawes, Edward Braham, Rawlinson and Julian Long.

The groups and chairs will remain, but the management team will expand to include up to 12 partners, with ;Long ;heading ;a separate HR committee.

“We thought it was a good idea to broaden out the group in terms of those involved in running the department,” said Rawlinson. “The group will be the centrepiece in terms of how the department is run and it will look at areas like the business plan and strategy and will deal with clients.”

Exact roles are still being decided. Rawlinson said he expected to spend most of his time handling client work, as well as taking care of management duties and trainee recruitment.

“I’m approaching this as an M&A project and am trying to work out how to do it efficiently,” he said.

As well as the group chairs, ;the ;business management team includes private equity co-head Chris Bown, M&A partner Simon Marchant, London-based US corporate head ;Sarah ;Murphy, corporate finance head Barry O’Brien, M&A ;partner ;Philip Richards, ;technology, media and telecoms co-head Ben Spiers and leisure co-head Martin Taylor. Associate Richard ;Thexton ;is operations officer.