Lawrence Graham has put in place the last parts of an internal shake-up by replacing long-serving head of litigation Michael Edwards and private
client head Tim Thornton-Jones.
Edwards, who had headed the litigation department for 19 years, is
replaced by Andrew Dobson, while Thornton-Jones gives way to Andrew Young
who will head the tax and financial management department, which covers
private client work.
Edwards is going back to fee earning, and Thornton-Jones is concentrating
on the firm's investment management operation, says managing partner Bill
Edwards quit his role to return to fee-earning litigation work. This
includes the high-profile Diana Memorial Fund litigation against
commemorative gifts company Franklin Mint in the US.
The internal shake-up comes on top of a spate of changes at Lawrence Graham.
The firm opened its own office in the Ukraine this year, in what was
described as a “shipping-led” initiative by Neil Everatt, the shipping
partner heading up the Mariupol-based Ukraine office.
The firm's shipping department has become part of litigation following the
decision to bring all its contentious work together except for the recently
expanded property team, which was boosted last year by acquiring the
property team from the now defunct Forsyte Saunders Kerman.
Laurence Graham now has four departments – litigation, tax and financial
management, company commercial, and property.
“Mike Lax was the head of the shipping department, although it was
effectively run by Imogen Rumbold, and they both remain a very significant
part of our litigation practice,” says Richards.
“As managing partner, I now have heads of four main businesses who will
work with me.”
“It wouldn't be right to characterise these appointments as marking the
way Lawrence Graham is developing for the future.
“They are part of a process of developing the business and focusing it
more on where we see our strengths in the future.”