Charles Russell slims down management

Charles Russell has rationalised its complex management structure in a move to give working partners more time to concentrate on fee-earning

Until last Thursday (31 October), the firm had two separate management boards (one operational and one for business development), a management committee, an international management group and two divisional heads.

This involved around 30 partners and various heads of support functions.

The business development board has been ditched, as has the role of divisional head, which was carried out by the firm's head of corporate and head of private client.

The firm has reverted to having just one management board and a management committee, as well as the international group, effectively freeing up at least 14 partners from management duties.

Managing partner Grant Howell explained that having the extra business development board and divisional heads was two much work for individuals and created too much overlap.

“I wouldn't say the structure we had before was unique, but we were probably unique in insisting on it. Every board would meet each month and the issue really became one of what was discussed where. I believe everything that was discussed by the different boards can be done better under a leaner structure,” he said.

Under the new structure, the partnership will still have the final say over any decision.

Howell and senior partner Laurie Watt retain their roles as heads of the firm, with Howell chairing the board, committee and international group and Watt in a non-executive role.