DLA Piper: Angel’s time at the top

Since he joined DLA Piper in October 2011, Tony Angel has been a central figure in reshaping the practice. Here, we take a look back at his time at the firm.

October 2011: DLA Piper unveils plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business (20 October 2011).

October 2011: Former Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel is named as the firm’s newest management addition, joining as senior partner and co-chairman on 7 November 2011 (26 October 2011).

October 2011: DLA Piper becomes a minority stakeholder in LawVest, a holding company that aimed to move into the alternative business structure (ABS) market in 2012 (28 October 2011). It later emerges that the firm put £62,500 into the nascent business.

February 2012: Angel puts LawVest at top of agenda for firm’s board meeting after it emerged that that co-chief executive Nigel Knowles and a small number of other partners at the firm had personally invested in the ABS without declaring it to the firm’s board (27 February 2012).

April 2012: The firm’s incumbent Asia-Pacific managing director Alastair da Costa relocated to the UK after more than four years at the helm in Hong Kong (3 April 2012).

April 2012: The firm instigates a management revamp – the second in as many years – including naming Andrew Darwin as UK managing partner and shaking up its year-old executive management team (12 April 2012).

June 2012: Angel instigates a root and branch review of the whole practice (1 June 2012).

July 2012: Companies House filings revealed that Knowles held around a 1 per cent stake in LawVest (20 July 2012).

July 2012: The firm is revealed to have received a £30m cash injection through converting to an all-equity partnership structure (30 July 2012).

November 2012: DLA Piper put 251 staff into consultation in one of the biggest rounds of redundancies to date (13 November 2012).

January 2013: DLA Piper announces plans to shut its Glasgow and offload defendant insurance teams (24 January 2013).

January 2013: Hill Dickinson acquires the Manchester and Sheffield defendant insurance practices (28 January 2013).

February 2013: Angel jets off to India with Prime Minister David Cameron as part of a business delegation intended to boost the UK’s relationship with the subcontinent (18 February 2013).

June 2013: Mills & Reeve acquires a nine-strong insurance team from DLA Piper headed by the firm’s Birmingham insurance head Alan Jacobs (18 June 2013).

July 2013: A team of 22 staff reject offers to be permanently relocated to Edinburgh following the closure of the Glasgow office.

August 2013: Matthew Glynn becomes third partner to quit Singapore in a year (14 August 2013).

September 2013: Angel targets growth in China and Asia, as well as Africa and South America over the next decade (3 September 2013).

September 2013: Three more partners leave from the Asia Pacific offices, one each in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney (6 September 2013).

December 2013: The firm plans a major overhaul management structure in Asia in a bid to increase the integration between the Asia offices and its US partnership (18 December 2013).

January 2014: DLA Piper cuts 69 staff from its document production team as part of the long-term review of the business (17 January 2014).