“I’ll miss the unexpected,” says Pinsents’ outgoing MP David Ryan

Why would anybody want to be a law firm managing partner? Most people would run screaming from a role that involves trying to reach a consensus from a group of lawyers.

“You have to be mad to want to do this,” jokes Kennedys’ managing partner Guy Stobart, in this week’s analysis.

But if there’s one law firm chief who is full of enthusiasm for the role it’s Pinsent Masons’ outgoing managing partner David Ryan. As he prepares to step down from his 15-year tenure next April, he’s determined to retain a stake in its leadership.

“I’ll miss the unexpected,” he tells The Lawyer in our latest Leadership Interview. “I learnt on day one that something very unexpected can happen at any time. But that’s made the job very challenging and enjoyable. I’d hate to think that another job wouldn’t have that sparkle.”

He intends on staying involved in the firm’s leadership indefinitely, helping Pinsents’ new managing partner to push through the firm’s recently-refreshed strategy which takes it through to 2020.

It might be a tough job, but it’s clearly also one that’s hard to give up.

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