Mishcon revamps international strategy following Jardim’s exit

Mishcon de Reya has named partner Adam Rose as its new international development head following the departure of international development director Rita Jardim.

Rose’s appointment comes with the creation of a raft of new international leadership roles.

Jardim has exited the firm to set up Portugese law firm, Mayer Jardim, two years after moving over from Mishcon’s international network Legalink, where she was administrative director (16 July 2012).

She was taken on to lead a root and branch review of the firm’s international strategy ahead of its 2013 three-year plan which saw the firm aiming at £100m turnover by 2015 (23 July 2013).

Managing partner Kevin Gold put Rose in the role and the firm has divided the world into global and sector focuses, putting one or two partners in charge of each.

Regions include North America, headed by M&A partners Dean Poster and Andrew Rimmington; South America, headed by Rose; and the Middle East and Russia and the CIS.

Litigation head Kasra Nouroozi and Gold look after relations with offshore jurisdictions while corporate partner Saul Sender oversees the Africa group. Mishcon executive partner and head of the firm’s private client division, James Libson, will take charge of the Middle East.

Each lead partner will be in charge of teams of four to six and be tasked with developing business plans for their region. They will report back to Rose, who will report in to Gold and Nouroozi.

Mishcon’s international relationships are key to the London-based litigation firm, which Gold described as “an independent firm in London with deep relations globally”.

The firm’s current strategy plan is set for renewal at the end of 2015, when it was set to have reached turnover of £100m. The firm came close to meeting that goal at the end of the 2013/14 financial year, when it posted a 17 per cent rise in turnover to £97.8m, up on £83.4m in 2012/13 (8 July 2014).

Rose said the leadership team would be working on a business strategy for the next review but added that regional business plans were a bigger priority. 

Rose joined Mishcon after 23 years at Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was head of the firm’s information law unit (2 September 2013). Rose also led BLP’s work with Iberian and Latin American clients and had a lead role in the commercial and technology group.