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Winston is latest US firm to put London at the heart of decision planning

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its ongoing commitment to the UK with the election of its London office head to the firm’s global executive committee, part of a nine-partner round of new appointments to its board. Peter Crowther joins Winston & Strawn’s excom after his role as London office managing partner was renewed last month […]


Travers trio to battle it out in senior partner race

Travers Smith has kicked off its senior partner race, with three partners throwing their hat in the ring to replace longstanding head Chris Hale. Hale was re-elected to the position at the start of 2017 but his term was only ever meant to be for two years, as per the firm’s partner constitution. At Travers […]

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Bakers chair Rawlinson to take temporary leave due to exhaustion

Baker McKenzie chair Paul Rawlinson is to take a step back from day-to-day management of the firm “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. The firm announced today that executive member Jaime Trujillo will serve as the firm’s acting chair for the interim. Trujillo is Bakers’ current Latin American chair and is an M&A lawyer […]


DLA Piper crowns Levine for second consecutive term

Simon Levine has secured another four year tenure as managing partner of DLA Piper after no one else in the partnership stepped forward to challenge him. Despite rumblings in some corners that a potential contender could rise up out of Europe, it’s been an assuredly silent week for Levine who was re-elected unopposed. Levine first took […]


Paul Hastings revamps City management after O’Sullivan’s global promotion

Paul Hastings has reshuffled its London leadership after it was revealed that the firm’s longstanding City head Ronan O’Sullivan would be stepping up to a new global position. Tax partner Arun Birla will take on the post previously occupied by O’Sullivan as head of Paul Hastings’ London operations. O’Sullivan now serves as global co-managing partner of […]

Hogan Lovells appoints new German head as part of management reshuffle

Hogan Lovells has announced a management shake-up in Germany, with a newly created managing partner role to oversee all of the firm’s German offices. Current Munich office managing partner Stefan Schuppert has been appointed as managing partner of Germany, presiding over the firm’s four offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. An intellectual property lawyer, Schuppert […]

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Sidley Austin appoints new management for London office

Sidley Austin has rejigged its leadership in the London office, with office head Matthew Dening handing over the reins to corporate partner Thomas Thesing. Thesing has been Sidley’s London corporate co-head since 2001. He has been at the firm for nearly two decades, having been promoted to partner in 2001 following its merger with New York firm […]

Margaret Robertson Withers

Withers re-elects Robertson for fourth stint as CEO

Withers managing director Margaret Robertson has been re-elected for a fourth term, following a successful reign overseeing the internationalisation of the British firm. Following the uncontested election, Robertson will remain as CEO for a three-year term, until 2021. The firm’s 2016/17 financials revealed an eight per cent growth in revenue from £161.5m to £174.5m. Withers also promoted […]


Paul Hastings ushers in City partner for global co-head role

Paul Hastings is to appoint a London lawyer to the role of global co-managing partner for the first time, in a move that highlights the importance of the City to the strategy of the firm. London office head Ronan O’Sullivan will take up the post from October, The Lawyer has learned, replacing current co-managing partner and Los Angeles […]

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