SJ Berwin adds three to management board

SJ Berwin had elected three new members to its management board, with IP partner Stefan Krüger, Elaine Gibson-Bolton and Michael Goldberg joining the team.

Rob Day
Rob Day

The board was installed by managing partner Rob Day in January last year (20 January 2011) and includes Day as well as senior partner Stephen Kon alongside six partners.

The make-up of the board works on a rotation basis with half of the six-partner team being replaced every 18 months.

Germany-based Krüger will succeed real estate partner Hans Thomas Kessler on the board while Ian Borman, a 2009 lateral hire from Allen & Overy, and funds specialist Michael Halford are also stepping down.

The trio will join the board alongside partners Tom Usher, Paris-based Maxence Bloch and litigation partner Hilton Mervis, who stood against Day in 2010’s managing partner election. All three are incumbents on the board, having been elected when it was set up.

Day said the management committee was on hand to help with the day-to-day running of the firm as well as considering its strategic direction.

“Boards allow good ideas to bubble up and get some air time at management level,” he added.

Earlier this week The Lawyer revealed how Day is leading the firm through a period of change to help improve staff and partner engagement (15 October 2012).

The firm wants associates to become more involved in its sector approach while it also aims to bring in better opportunities for promotions and make it easier for lawyers to undertake global travel and international secondments.

In a related move, the firm is planning to revive its sector approach following a review by newly recruited business development head William Stancer, who came to the decision that the firm needed to re-energise this strategy. Stancer, who is heading the sector initiative, joined the firm from Chinese outsourcing provider Bleum in May.