November 5 is a day to remember for more than one reason. News has broken that one of the key instigators of the merger between Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG), David Jabbari, has left the firm, saying that he wants to play a leading role in the “new world of legal services”.
Jabbari, who was chief operating officer at Clydes, leaves just one year after the merger completed, but the departure is not wholly out of the blue. More than a few people close to the firm have been speculating about his departure ever since news of the merger first broke, with one saying he was “on a fuse to an exit” - and, unlike with a certain Mr Fawkes, this appears to have been a lit fuse.
Jabbari has had a varied career: he became chief executive of BLG in 2011 after joining the firm a year before from Allen & Overy, where he was global head of knowledge management. His time in charge of BLG was one in which he, along with senior partner Simon Konsta, shook up the firm in a bid to improve its fortunes.
Jabbari would only say now that he was “passionate about the new world of legal services reform and external investment in the legal sector” and wanted to play a leading role in the area. The rest of the details of his plot remain a mystery, for now.
And, JPMorgan London lawyer Karen Linney has taken on a broader role as Emea general counsel following the bank’s in-house revamp in the wake of the merger of its investment banks and treasury and securities units.