BLP elects new chairman as senior partner remains in post

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has elected a new chairman to replace incumbent Peter Robinson as Harold Paisner gets another term as senior partner.

Real estate head Robert MacGregor is set to take Robinson’s place as chairman following a partner vote earlier this week and will begin his three-year term from 1 May. It is understood that MacGregor, who will continue as head of real estate alongside his new role, was the only nominee put forward to replace Robinson.

Robinson, who will step down on 30 April after more than 18 years in the role, will remain at the firm, focusing on BLP’s Asia business.

Meanwhile, Paisner has been re-elected as senior partner for another three-year term. Paisner will also begin his new term on 1 May. He has been senior partner since 2001.

In a statement, BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “I’d like to thank Peter Robinson for his service to the firm and the considerable contribution that he has made to the business during his term as chairman.

“Robert MacGregor and I have worked extremely well together since he joined the firm and I’m delighted that we’ll now have the opportunity to work closely together on driving forward the firm’s future success.

“I’m also very pleased that Harold Paisner will continue as senior partner and that the firm will therefore continue to benefit from his guidance and support.”

In February this year, Eisenberg was re-elected as managing partner for a fifth term following an uncontested election (23 February 2012).

MacGregor joined BLP as head of real estate in 2004 from Clifford Chance (8 November 2004) and is understood to be one of the firm’s guaranteed-income stars (13 June 2011).