Fresh faces at Freshfields

In possibly the least angst-ridden law firm election of recent times, droll corporate star Will Lawes has been crowned the new senior partner of Freshfields (see story).

And it’s a momentous moment for the firm.

For Freshfields has struck a blow for global diversity in electing a management team with not one single Brit in the line-up.

New managing partner Ted Burke is an American. New executive partner Stephan Eilers is a German.

And Lawes, Lawyer News Daily can reveal, is a Kiwi.

This makes Freshfields’ management team the most cosmopolitan of any in the magic circle, even beating A&O’s Anglo-Belgian line-up of David Morley and Wim Dejonghe.

Not only that, but it looks like Lawes has started his own fan club, if the posts on The Lawyer today are anything to go by. Apparently, he’s really, really ’human’.

At this rate, beatification can’t be far off.


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