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Emily Exton and Natasha Rees, Forsters

Forsters elects new senior partner

Forsters has elected a new senior partner, with property litigator Natasha Rees taking the top job. Rees joined Forsters in 2001 from Pinsent Masons and made partner at Forsters in 2008. She led its property litigation team until March this year and is the firm’s current head of enfranchisement. Rees replaces Smita Edwards in September […]


Clifford Chance reshuffles leadership team after election

Clifford Chance has added five new members to its leadership team, including a global head of corporate from its US offices and an inaugural operations and business transformation partner. Sarah Jones has taken the reins from Guy Norman as global head of corporate. Jones is head of the firm’s consumer goods group and has been […]

Andrew Masraf, Pinsent Masons

Pinsents crowns new senior partner

Pinsent Masons has elected a new senior partner, as the incumbent Richard Foley stands down after eight years. The firm has named Andrew Masraf as Foley’s successor. Masraf is a private equity lawyer, who joined Pinsents as a trainee in 1993. He is a former head of corporate at the firm and was also global […]

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All change as Harbottle appoints new leader

Harbottle & Lewis’s managing partner Glen Atchison has left the firm, with its corporate head taking charge. Charles Leveque assumed the role of managing partner this month following Atchison’s departure. Leveque has been at Harbottle since 2007 when he joined as a senior associate from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Promoted to partner in 2012, Leveque went […]


Fried Frank rejigs London leadership – for now

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has reshuffled its London leadership for the rest of the year, announcing an acting managing partner of the office. Ashar Qureshi will take on the reins of the City office until the new year as Mark Mifsud takes a six-month sabbatical. Mifsud joined Fried Frank in 2015 from Kirkland […]


Dentons overhauls leadership team as MD steps down

  Dentons has replaced the managing director role for the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) region, appointing instead its first chief operating officer and practice partner. The reshuffle follows the news that former managing director Lisa Sewell is leaving the firm in July. In her stead, Helen Simpson has been named as Dentons’ new […]

New CEO for Penningtons Manches Cooper as leader of 14 years steps down

  Penningtons Manches Cooper’s CEO David Raine is to step down in October after nearly 15 years at the helm. He will be succeeded in October by Helen Drayton, the head of the firm’s business services division and a current member of its managing board. Raine began his time in charge as managing partner of […]

Values and culture under the spotlight for industry health check

Brands with Values devised a cultural decoder system based on a framework proposed by social psychologist Professor Shalom Schwartz, through which The Lawyer can analyse the values of individuals in tandem with the values of the organisation they represent. For our inaugural Legal Industry Culture Study, lawyers and law firm employees were presented with a […]


No chief happiness officer (for now): Clifford Chance reappoints MP

Clifford Chance’s London partnership has reappointed Michael Bates as its UK regional managing partner. Michael Bates has been in the role since 2017 when he replaced David Bickerton. A banking and capital markets lawyer, Bates joined the firm in 1991 and was made up to partner 10 years later. As such, he became one of […]


Dentons UK managing director to leave firm

Dentons’ managing director for the UK and Middle East is stepping down after more than three years in the role. Sewell is expected to carry out her duties and responsibilities until the post is transitioned. She joined the firm in June 2018 from RBS where she was director of shared operations. In 2015, she was […]