Eversheds sets its sights on Europe with radical management overhaul

Eversheds has appointed its first managing partner and overhauled its entire senior management in a dramatic bid to increase the firm’s international reach.

As part of the shake-up, effective from 1 May, London managing partner Michael Brown will relocate to Paris to take up a new European managing partner role.

Real estate head Cornelius Medvei takes over from Brown and is to be replaced by Lee Ranson, currently head of real estate litigation.

Eversheds chief executive David Gray claimed the new structure was an effort to add more focus to the firm’s international activities. “This is about responding to client demand and offering an integrated service across Europe,” he said.

Other appointments include UK corporate head Martin Issitt, who becomes the new international head of corporate. He will be replaced by Peter Halpin, currently head of corporate in Leeds and Manchester.

UK HR head Viv Du-Feu becomes the new international head of employment, replaced by HR partner Martin Warren.

Head of operations Bryan Hughes has also been promoted. He will become UK managing partner responsible for UK operations and the firm’s client relationship programme.

In November, Eversheds announced a groundbreaking Anglo-Irish alliance with top 10 Irish firm O’Donnell Sweeney. It entered a similar alliance with German firm Heisse Kursawe in June.