Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has announced that he is stepping down after 16 years in the role.
Shaw will not seek re-election when his current term comes to an end later this year, but will instead become a consultant to the firm and a new managing partner will be elected.
In a statement, Shaw said: “I’m immensely proud to have served as Cobbetts’ managing partner for 16 years. I’ve always felt privileged to work with fantastic staff across our four offices.
“However, the time now feels right to hand over the reins as the firm begins a new era, and so I’ll not be seeking re-election to the role. I’d like to extend my thanks to all staff and clients for making the job so enjoyable.”
Shaw’s decision comes shortly after Cobbetts and DWF announced they had called off merger talks citing “uncertain market conditions” for the breakdown (31 January 2012). However, Shaw was understood to be unlikely to have joined the combined firm even if the deal had gone ahead.
Shaw became managing partner of Cobbetts in 1996. Before that he was a property lawyer and established the firm’s banking team. During his time in charge, Cobbetts has grown from a single office in Manchester to four offices and increased headcount from 175 to 750.
DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland was recently reappointed for a third three-year term after standing unopposed (7 March 2012).