Eversheds shakes up key management roles following restructuring

Eversheds has added four new sector groups and overhauled a number of key leadership positions in a wide-ranging management shake-up.

In a statement the firm said the addition of the new sector groups reflected “the different business landscapes in which their clients operate”. The four new groups are named propcos, public sector, consumer and diversified industrial.

Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes said: “As a business, we continue to grow and evolve and these changes reflect both our sharpened market focus and the development of a new cadre of leaders.”

Real estate partner Gurjit Atwal will lead the new propcos group, which will focus on companies, funds, investors and institutions that deal with commercial and residential property.

Former head of the UK developers and regeneration group Stephen Manson will lead the new public sector group. The head of the firm’s India business group Parmit Singh will also head the new consumer group which combines food and drink, retail and leisure and consumer goods.

Global M&A team head and sector chair of the industrial engineering group Robin Johnson is also expanding his role and will head the new diversified industrial sector group, bringing together clients in industrial engineering, aerospace and defence, chemicals and automotive areas.

Meanwhile, the former head of the financial services dispute resolution team Paul Worth is taking over as head of the financial institutions group, Eversheds’ largest.

Partner Helen Thomas has taken over from Cornelius Medvei and Anne Harris as the new sector head for transport. Medvei and Harris will continue to focus on strategic client matters across the sector.

Partner James Batham is the new head of the retail group and Francois Barker has taken over from Anthony Arter as the new head of pensions. Arter remains London senior partner.

Other management changes include the appointment of former head of the real estate practice group Julie Stobart as client services director. Stobart will sit on the firm’s executive and have prime responsibility for the delivery of the firm’s client strategy. David Watkins becomes head of the real estate practice group.

Paul Moorcroft, the firm’s head of real estate litigation is also taking up the role as head of the firm’s Edinburgh office.

Last week Eversheds announced it had cut 116 roles at the end of its latest redundancy consultation, which saw 166 lawyers and non-lawyers put on notice in January (24 May 2013).