Pinsents votes on national shake-up

Pinsent Curtis partners are to vote this week on a new national management structure.

The 134-partner firm, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds, is looking to unify under a national system, instead of having three independently-run regional offices. It also wants to develop its reputation as a City firm.

Birmingham's head of litigation Carl Garvie and head of tax David Ryan are both running for the newly-created role of national managing partner. A source within the firm says the contest is “amicable”.

The new board will include national managing and senior partners, finance director Stephen Hancock and three elected non-executive partners.

The firm is also holding regional managing partner elections.

Speculation that London managing partner Graeme Brister was running for the national office has proved unfounded. He is instead standing uncontested for the London position.

Current Birmingham managing partner John Pratt is the only person in the running for the Midlands role.

Leeds head Malcolm Lloyd is stepping down after three-and-a-half years in charge.

Sources at the firm say he has told partners it is time for new blood to head the Leeds office.

He is due to be replaced by the national practice head for litigation Nigel Kissack, who is running uncontested.

The current management board consists of senior partner Julian Tonks, Hancock, Pratt, Brister and Lloyd.

The election for a national senior partner will be held after this week's vote. It is thought Tonks will run unopposed.

The restructuring follows a series of high-level partner departures from Pinsents this year.

Deputy banking head Duncan Murray was the latest to leave, going to Nottingham firm Browne Jacobson (The Lawyer, 4 October).

The firm's head of private equity, Nick Cockcroft, announced his departure last month, shortly after one of the partners in the practice, Geraint Lloyd, left for Osborne Clarke.

Two corporate finance partners, Caroline Pearce and David Levin, also left in the summer.