Let’s rewind 12 years. Back in 2002, Girls Aloud and Ali G were just making it big, and the bunting was out to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
At the time, Martyr told The Lawyer: “What drives me is that I’m convinced that we have a huge amount of unlocked potential.”
And he certainly wasn’t messing around. Since then Martyr has presided over the firm’s expansion into Australia, Canada, Latin America and South Africa – culminating with the firm’s merger with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.
The rapid expansion has clearly won the backing of his partners, who as The Lawyer reported yesterday have just voted him into the global CEO role for a fifth term.
The move is particularly notable given the flurry of law firm managers throwing in the towel over the past week. These include Pinsent Masons’ managing partner David Ryan, who will not seek re-election at the end of his term, having held the role since 1999.
Olswang’s CEO David Stewart mysteriously quit the firm half way through his second term, and Slaughter and May’s Paul Olney announced he is to retire, marking the end of a six-year run as the firm’s practice partner.
However, some things never change.
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- Europe’s largest firm Garrigues has announced a marginal revenue rise of 0.2 per cent in 2013/14
- BLM, Keoghs and Simpson Marwick have been appointed to insurance broker Hastings Direct’s new slimmed-down claims defendant panel
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