Hot 100 Leaders 2018

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown

Camp, Robert – Stephens Scown

The cultural change Stephens Scown managing partner Robert Camp has instigated at the firm is huge. He has moved it from one where staff felt communication was poor and partners aloof to one that wins ‘best place to work’ awards. ‘Scownership’ The flagship initiative is ‘Scownership’, whereby everyone has a stake in the business. It […]

Sally Davies Mayer Brown

Davies, Sally – Mayer Brown

Last year saw a series of victories for Mayer Brown’s first female London senior partner. Litigator Sally Davies fought off tough competition from two other candidates to win the partner vote last year and succeed Sean Connolly, who stepped down after 10 years leading the London office. Global view Alongside her five-year term as London […]

Rachael Heenan, Capstick

Heenan, Rachael – Capsticks

Rachael Heenan has been senior partner at Capsticks for less than a year, but she has already overseen a transition that will change the way the firm is seen in the market. Not content to stand still, Heenan joined Capsticks from DAC Beachcroft in 2014 because it was “one step ahead”. Her achievements so far […]

James Knight, Keystone Law

Knight, James – Keystone Law

When former Trowers & Hamlins lawyer James Knight launched Keystone Law back in 2002 the New Law firm had a total headcount of three: Knight, fellow founder Charlie Stringer and one PA. Jump forward to November 2017 and Keystone’s dispersed model had gained sufficient traction not only to grow total headcount exponentially (it now has […]

Mark Quigley, Sintons

Quigley, Mark – Sintons

This time last year Mark Quigley was just taking the helm as Sintons’ first-ever managing partner. There was no blueprint and no advice from a predecessor. Instead, Quigley has led the firm by his own rules. Tech drive In the 12 months he has been in charge of the Newcastle-based firm, Quigley has stressed the […]

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Joshi, Vidisha – Hodge Jones & Allen

2017 saw the first-ever major leadership change at Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA) when founding member Patrick Allen stood down as head of the firm after 40 years. Allen handed the reins to personal injury head Vidisha Joshi who, at 39, is one of the youngest lawyers in the country to run a major firm. […]

Michael Chissick, Fieldfisher

Chissick, Michael – Fieldfisher

Once seen as having one of the worst partnership cultures in the City, Fieldfisher has reinvented itself as a force to be reckoned with. Guided by managing partner Michael Chissick, the firm has been reaping the rewards of an impressive 18 months of international expansion. Chissick has been instrumental in securing alliances with Dutch and […]

Mary Kuusisto, Proskauer

Kuusisto, Mary – Proskauer

Proskauer’s London office is going through a renaissance thanks in no small part to managing partner Mary Kuusisto. Now on her second stint as London managing partner, having first come over to the UK when the office launched in 2007 to help integrate the funds practice, Kuusisto is the glue that has helped bond a […]

Lisa Mayhew, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Mayhew, Lisa – Berwin Leighton Paisner

On 1 May 2015 Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) first female managing partner took over the top job and set about transforming the firm. Former head of employment Lisa Mayhew spent much of 2017 working on developments aimed at sharpening up BLP’s strategic planning. The so-called ‘Spider Map’ was the most visible manifestation of BLP’s plan. […]

Lee Ranson, Eversheds Sutherland

Ranson, Lee – Eversheds Sutherland

When the talk turns to major law firm mergers, few would disagree that the deal which created Eversheds Sutherland is one of the success stories. Leading from the UK side of this deal, which went live on 1 February last year, was co-CEO Lee Ranson. It is Ranson who has navigated his firm’s integration with […]

Douglas Armstrong Dickson-Minto

Armstrong, Douglas – Dickson Minto

Dickson Minto partner Douglas Armstrong’s public profile rose significantly during 2017, with the lawyer taking much more of a front-of-house role at the Scottish-headquartered, private equity-focused firm. While the shift is not expected to herald the imminent retirement of founding partner Alastair Dickson, it is a clear sign of change at the traditionally private and […]

Mark Humphries, Humphries kerstetter

Humphries, Mark – Humphries Kerstetter

The big litigation instructions keep rolling in for Humphries Kerstetter senior partner Mark Humphries. Last year he was instructed by a huge number of retailers and local authorities against Visa and MasterCard for unlawfully high credit card charges. Meanwhile, the firm he founded is gearing up for expansion. In spring 2018 it will move into […]