Kingsley Napley’s senior partner Christopher Murray has announced that he will retire from the firm next year, to be replaced by the firm’s family head.
Murray will step down as senior partner and retire from the partnership on 1 May 2013, making way for family head Jane Keir, who also used to be managing partner of the firm’s contentious practices, to lead the firm. Keir was appointed to the senior partner role, as opposed to being elected. Partner Charlotte Bradley will replace Keir as family head.
Murray has been senior partner since 2007, and is only the fourth person in the firm’s 75-year history to hold the position. Keir joined Kingsley Napley in 1989 and made partner in 1992.
In a statement, Keir said: “It’s with natural trepidation that I tread where my friend and colleague Christopher has gone before. However, with his and the firm’s continued support, I intend to follow Christopher’s path of upholding Kingsley Napley’s unparalleled reputation as a firm of quality and integrity across a number of legal disciplines, trusted by our clients, our colleagues and the legal industry alike.”
Murray added: “To have been the senior partner at Kingsley Napley is of course a huge privilege. For me, however, it has been far more. At every level, whether professional or administrative, I’ve been surrounded by dedicated, talented and friendly colleagues. All, without exception, have been committed to the pursuit of excellence in what they do, in a way that’s consistent with the firm’s core values of teamwork, respect, integrity and fairness.
“It’s this combination of people and principles that has made it such a joy to have served them. Jane embodies all of these qualities, and will, I know, be as passionate about the role as I’ve been.”
Kingsley Napley’s managing partner is Linda Woolley. In 2011/12 turnover at the firm was £27.3m, up nearly 10 per cent on the previous year.