Farrers rejigs management post election

Farrer & Co‘s management board has undergone a shake-up following James Furber’s election as senior partner.

In June the firm dispensed with the chief executive role after the departure of Andrew Mills Baker. In response, it has created two new management positions.

Executive officer and European counsel of real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield Ben Bennett will join as chief operating officer at the end of March, while Sue Shale is to be promoted to chief financial officer.

Furber was elected to succeed Robert Clinton as senior partner last month (The Lawyer, 25 February). His replacement on the board will be IP and commercial partner Henry Sainty.

Corporate partner Adam Walker will also join the board, replacing James Thorne, who held a position for six years.

Partner David Smellie, who also sits on the board, said: “Henry Sainty will inject enormous drive and rigour, whilst Adam Walker will bring the considerable benefit of senior management experience.”

The management changes coincide with a strategic review aimed at bringing greater alignment between practices. Furber said it was a decade since the last review and “it’s time to look again”.