Top recruit welcomed on board at Lovells

Lovell White Durrant has appointed Christopher Sheridan, former chief executive of investment bank Samuel Montagu, as a non-executive member of its partnership board.

He replaces non-executive John Wood who retired from the board earlier this year.

Sheridan is seen as an impressive catch for Lovells given his long experience at Samuel Montagu. He spent his working life with the bank, culminating in a 1984 appointment to chief executive. He won the additional role of deputy chair in 1988. Sheridan retired in 1994 but has other non-executive positions with groups such as Gerber Foods and the Yorkshire building society.

Lovells senior partner Andrew Walker said Sheridan “has a clear view of the global trends affecting business life today. He will be widely used as a sounding board by the partnership as a whole.”

Lovells is part of a small elite of leading City law firms with non-executive advisers. The most famous non-executive recruit was taken on by Freshfields when it attracted former Defence Minister Sir John Nott.

Nott joined the firm in 1991 and retired in 1995 to be replaced by Brandon Gough, former managing partner of accountants Coopers & Lybrand. Gough is also chair of Yorkshire Water.