DWF appoints former Eversheds International chair Gray as non-executive director

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  • One of the things I admired about DWF was their hunger and ambition. Cherry picking the senior staff from Eversheds will surely blunt that.

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  • I can understand why they have chosen Gray but surely in the current environment would it not be an idea to bring someone into the firm with experience outside of the legal sphere. The beauty of Non Executive Director appointments is that they are "independent" and are able to challenge the executive team. Appointing yet another lawyer brings very little external vision or experience - some would say same old same old.

    Our members at http://www.nonexecutivedirectors.com often cite the value added of non-industry experienced NEDs. However, others would cite the "benefit of hindsight" in the industry as a key driver I suppose. Either way, it would be refreshing to see a non-lawyer appointed as Non Exec Director.

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  • The reality of the situation is in theory NEDS not in the sector can bring a fresh pair of eyes. In practice however if you look at the failed banks by way of example with their NEDS what did that bring !!

    Nothing wrong with appointing a NED from a competitor.

    I should add I am not a fan of DWF however give them credit when due.

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