Hammonds continues management overhaul

Hammonds has replaced two members of its central partnership board.

Madrid office chief Francisco Guijarro and Paris-based corporate partner Christopher Wilde replace Hammonds’ Germany chief Frank Walter-von Gierke and Brussels office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos respectively.

The handover takes place at the expiry of the incumbents’ two-year terms on 1 May and follows an election staged earlier this year.

The appointments are the second change in management at Hammonds in seven days after Capgemini’s UK CEO Clive Williams was appointed as a non-executive director last week (The Lawyer, 29 March).

Williams’ hire was part of a package of reforms intended to improve management, which began with the appointment of management consultants Bain & Co’s managing director for Europe Crawford Gillies as non-executive chairman last year (The Lawyer, 2 October 2006).

The reforms are part of a wider drive to stabilise the firm that was initiated last year following a debilitating two years in which the firm has haemorrhaged partners.

This included an agreement that that equity partners only hand in their notice on two specific days of the year – 31 March or 30 September – unless they are retiring.

However, the firm was hit by four more partner exits as the partnership’s agreed date for equity partner resignations came around this year (www.thelawyer.com, 3 April).

In London the firm lost commercial and IP partner Paul Harris and commercial dispute resolution partner Nic Mason.

In Manchester Andrew Ashley Taylor has quit the firm’s pensions team, while in Berlin partner Jens-Uwe Hinder has left the tax team.