Ex-Freshfields CEO Crisp quits for pastures new

The former chief executive officer and managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hugh Crisp is leaving the firm to chair the international advisory board of The Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

Crisp will resign from the Freshfields partnership at the end of March. He was most recently responsible for people issues such as the associate engagement programme and supporting departing partners.

Crisp told The Lawyer: “I’m only about half way through my working life and I’ve no intention of only playing golf because I would die of boredom.”

In addition to chairing the international advisory board he will also be doing some teaching and research at The Said Business School. He is also working with the William J Clinton Foundation on an HIV/AIDS initiative with its main funder Unitaid.

Crisp said he is also looking for other roles in business.

Crisp was made partner at Freshfields in 1989. He was stationed in the firm’s Paris office between 1990 and 1997 and was chief executive between 2004 and 2006.