BLP’s Eisenberg becomes latest managing partner to step down

This year has seen an unprecedented number of management changes, with the likes of Clifford Chance, Olswang, Osborne Clarke, Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May all announcing changes to their leadership.

Yesterday Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) longstanding managing partner Neville Eisenberg joined the law firm leaders plumping for a change. Eisenberg confirmed he will not stand for re-election when his fifth term as managing partner comes to an end next April (see story here).

Eisenberg has seen BLP through a period of major highs as well as a few lows. Achievements include the launch of contract service Lawyers on Demand in 2007 and a period of sustained growth, with BLP winning The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year award twice, in 2004 and 2010.

But more recently things have been tougher, with the 2012/13 slump in profitability not something Eisenberg will want to look back on. The firm has also seen high-profile departures, including the loss of finance head Matthew Kellet in October last year.

This year’s financial results were better, and Eisenberg will step down with BLP solidly in the UK top 20. BLP now is a very different firm from BLP 16 years ago, and a lot of that is down to its leader.

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