New FFW chief puts growth top of agenda

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) new managing partner Matthew Lohn has vowed to put growth and talent development at the heart of his first stint as head of the firm.

Lohn took over from Moira Gilmour as managing partner last week. Gilmour had been in the post since 2006. She was elected unopposed for a ­second term in December 2008 but has stepped down for personal reasons.

Lohn, who joined FFW as a trainee in 1994, has been a member of the board and head of the regulatory law group since 2004. He was also the graduate recruitment partner until taking over as head of the firm.

Lohn pledged to continue the growth of FFW’s European platform, mainly by deepening resources in the firm’s existing offices.

Moves in that direction were bolstered last week with the hire of corporate partner Jacques Meunier from NautaDutilh along with associate Céline Tallier.

“We’re also reviewing our global priorities,” he said.

FFW is expected to unveil a range of proposals at next month’s partnership conference that could reshape the firm’s management. The proposals include the results of a constitutional review begun under Gilmour.

Lohn would not comment on the proposals but did confirm that FFW’s property needs were on his agenda.

“We have a break clause in 2014 and our lease expires in 2018, so this is causing us to look at the mix of our property portfolio,” he said.

Lohn added his interest in talent development meant that he was keen to ensure that FFW lawyers continued to be ­”well-chosen and well-developed”.