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Norton Rose

Norton Rose Fulbright’s new CEO sets out change manifesto

The incoming CEO of Norton Rose Fulbright is in the process of putting together his new management team, with a particular focus on appointing a dedicated clients head; a brand new role for the firm. Revenue at the firm stalled over 2019/20, with turnover almost static at $1.9bn. The results came as last month Gerry Pecht, […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields leadership candidates told to focus on diversity in election race

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is asking senior partner candidates to develop a clear strategy on inclusion, as the firm enters the key phase of its leadership elections. The process had been delayed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It is understood the firm is now looking to hold the race to appoint its new managing and […]

paris

Reed Smith adds Paris partner to executive committee

Reed Smith has seen a changing of the guard within its internal executive committee, as longstanding member Andrew Jenkinson steps down. Jenkinson is leaving the managerial body after the end of his three-year term. However, he will keep on his role as managing partner of the London office. On the committee, he will be succeeded […]

Hong Kong

WFW bets on Hong Kong growth with leadership relocation

Watson Farley & Williams’ co-managing partner Chris Lowe is to relocate to Hong Kong this month, to take advantage of opportunities arising out of the region. Lowe first took on management duties at the end of 2013 when he replaced Michael Greville along with fellow co-head Lothar Wegener, based in London. The firm’s former maritime […]

Martyr’s reign comes to an end as Norton Rose Fulbright elects new leader

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed a new chief executive from one of its US offices, as longstanding leader Peter Martyr prepares to stand down. The firm has chosen Houston-based global head of dispute resolution and litigation Gerard Pecht as its new chief executive, marking a shift in power to the US side of the merged […]

DWF Manchester

DWF hires former Prudential CEO as its new chair

DWF has hired the former CEO of Prudential and current chair of Morgan Stanley’s international board, just two months after the exit of its longtime leader Andrew Leaitherland. Jonathan Bloomer will take on the role of DWF’s chairman, after Leaitherland’s departure saw Nigel Knowles assume his responsibilities as CEO. Bloomer’s tenure begins in earnest from […]

David Wilkinson

Fieldfisher overhauls partnership deed for new era

Fieldfisher has revised the terms and format of its partnership deed, tweaking a document that had been in force for over 15 years. The new version is expected to be valid for the next 20 years, replacing the previous one which was in force since 2005. It was one of the first institutional efforts carried […]

RPC appoints new senior partner as Boswall bows out

Oliver Bray has been confirmed as RPC’s new senior partner on a three-year term, with the commercial disputes partner set to replace the outgoing Rupert Boswall with immediate effect. Bray’s appointment was confirmed on Thursday after winning over the firm’s partnership in an election, with Boswall stepping down after completing the maximum tenure of two […]

Bakers appoints three City partners to global roles

Baker McKenzie has rejigged its practice and industry group leadership, with three new appointments in London. Two City partners – Matthew Dening and Helen Bradley – have been appointed as global chairs of banking and finance and capital markets, respectively. Dening replaces Michael Foundethakis, who is based in Paris and Bradley replaces Koen Vanhaerents in […]

Leaitherland steps down as DWF’s CEO in leadership shake-up

DWF’s longtime leader Andrew Leaitherland is passing on the baton as the firm’s CEO,  after leading for more than two decades and taking it from a national entity to a listed business. As part of the change, Leaitherland will also renounce his role as managing the firm’s two LLPs contained within the DWF brand. The […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields set to delay leadership elections due to pandemic disruption

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is delaying the start of its leadership elections, The Lawyer understands, due to disruption brought about by the coronavirus crisis. The magic circle firm is looking to push back the start times for its managing and senior partner race to September and October. The previous timeline would have seen nominations announced in […]