Osborne Clarke anoints new heads of London and Thames Valley

Osborne Clarke has elected two corporate partners as new heads of its London and Thames Valley offices after contested elections in both locations.

Corporate partner Andrew Saul replaces digital business and commercial partner Simon Rendell as head of the London office at the end of this month after Rendell had served nearly six years in the role (25 January 2007).

James Massey-Collier, also a partner in the corporate team, has been elected to the role of Thames Valley head, replacing Danielle Kingdon, who had held the position since fellow Thames Valley partner Greg Leyshon exited the role in early 2010 to become head of markets.

Real estate partner David Powell remains as Bristol office head after being re-elected in an uncontested vote.

UK partners are eligible to vote for the new office heads, all of whom have been elected to a three-year term.

Osborne Clarke senior partner Tim Birt said: “Office heads play a key role in supporting our people and developing our business within each office. As part of our partnership council, they also play an important part in guiding the firm’s overall development.

“Andrew and James are exceptionally gifted lawyers and managers and will bring rigour and imagination to their respective roles.

“Both Simon Rendell and Danielle Kingdon have provided excellent support for their offices and I would like to thank them for putting so much into their roles.”