New Eversheds chief exec Hughes vows to continue Gray strategy

Eversheds’ UK managing partner Bryan Hughes will take over from chief executive David Gray as chief executive in May.


New <a class=Eversheds chief exec Hughes vows to continue Gray strategy” />Eversheds’ UK managing partner Bryan Hughes (pictured) will take over from chief executive David Gray as chief executive in May.

As The Lawyer revealed (18 August), Hughes stood uncontested to obtained his four-year term as chief executive.

Eversheds chairman Alan Jenkins said the results of the election show that there will be a smooth transition from Gray to Hughes.

“Because it was an uncontested election, it [shows] that our partners are fully behind a continuation of the current strategy. It is a resounding vote of confidence for one of the architects of that strategy,” said Jenkins.

In the run up to the election, Hughes said he is committed to maintaining the firm’s approach and strategy.

Investment will continue in Eversheds International, the firm’s overseas network, with further office openings expected in the near future. Growth in London will continue to be targeted, while maintaining a full service backed by the regions and the firm’s project management systems.

On his appointment, Hughes said: “It is a real privilege to takeover from David. I will be working with one of the most experienced and progressive management teams of any law firm, and we have a fantastic depth of talent throughout the business.”

Gray steps down after six years in charge of the firm at the end of April 2009. During his tenure he had overseen the firm’s growth from 14 offices to 40 offices worldwide within Eversheds International. He sat for two three-year terms, with the firm since changing its terms from three to four years (The Lawyer, 10 December).