Osborne Clarke employment chief Cubitt to head London office

Osborne Clarke’s employment head David Cubitt has been elected as the firm’s new London chief.

He replaces Andrew Saul, who stepped down from the role after being elected as the firm’s senior partner last month (26 November 2013).

Cubitt has headed up Osborne Clarke’s employment practice for about four years, ensuring it runs efficiently and refocusing it along sector lines.

When he takes up his new role on 1 January, Cubitt will take a seat on the firm’s partnership council, deal with issues facing Osborne Clarke’s City headquarters, and lead on local management and administrative matters.

Cubitt said: “I’m not just saying this because I’m an employment partner, but I love the culture at Osborne Clarke and I think I can help sustain it going forward. It’s an exciting period for the firm, and I want to help ensure our offices are united in Europe and internationally.”

The UK partner vote closed at noon today (20 December). The firm confirmed that one other partner ran against Cubitt, but declined to name the candidate. Cubitt will retain his position as employment chief for the time being, although this may be reviewed in due course.

Saul led the London office for less than two years, after taking over from digital business and commercial partner Simon Rendell who served six years in the role (20 January 2012). Corporate partner James Massy-Collier remains Thames Valley head, while real estate partner David Powell runs the firm’s Bristol office.

Earlier this month, the firm announced it will launch an office in Amsterdam in the New Year, marking the firm’s fourth international opening since the start of 2012 (9 December 2013). 

Osborne Clarke revealed a 12 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of the 2013/14 financial year, with its Spanish offices turnover rocketing by 25 per cent (22 November 2013).