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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 […]

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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 […]

Richard Trobman, Latham

Trobman takes top job at Latham

London partner Richard Trobman has been voted in as the new chairman and managing partner of Latham & Watkins. Trobman has been serving as co-interim chair of Latham, alongside US partner Ora Fisher, since the departure of Bill Voge earlier this year. Former global chair Voge stood down from the firm’s chairmanship in March after admitting […]

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Clifford Chance overhauls UK corporate group with new leadership roles

Clifford Chance has appointed two new heads of its UK corporate practice to replace Mark Poulton. The corporate practice will now be co-headed by Melissa Fogarty, who specialises in corporate advisory and M&A matters, and Nigel Wellings, a private equity specialist. Wellings was previously head of corporate for two years in the Middle East, where he […]

Lisa Sewell

Dentons recruits UKME business head from RBS

Dentons has hired a non-lawyer to lead its UK and Middle East businesses six months after UK boss Brandon Ransley announced plans to retire. The firm has announced that Lisa Sewell, formerly director of shared operations at RBS, will join the firm as managing director. She joined RBS in 2015 from LS Projects, where she […]

Tidswell Ben Ashurst

Ashurst partners vote for status quo in chairman election

Ashurst chairman Ben Tidswell will continue in his role for a further four years after claiming victory in the firm’s leadership elections. Litigator Tidswell became Ashurst’s first post-merger chairman in 2013 after the firm announced its merger with Australian outfit Blake Dawson. He will continue in the position for a second term of four years from November 2018, […]

Shane Gleghorn, Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing names new managing partner to replace Tim Eyles

Taylor Wessing‘s co-head of international litigation Shane Gleghorn has been announced as the firm’s new managing partner. Gleghorn will take up the role on 1 October, replacing Tim Eyles. Last December, The Lawyer revealed Eyles would step down in June 2018 at the conclusion of his third term at the helm of the firm. Eyles […]

Simon Marchant

Exclusive: Freshfields corporate head Marchant bows out after 30 years

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has revamped its corporate practice as veteran Simon Marchant leaves after nearly three decades at the magic circle firm, The Lawyer can reveal. Marchant has been Freshfields City corporate head for four years and is retiring from the firm’s partnership this July. He will be replaced by partner Julian Pritchard, who will take […]

White & Case overhauls London management for first time in a decade

White & Case’s longstanding London head Oliver Brettle has stood down from his position after a decade in charge. Employment partner Brettle was appointed as London executive partner in 2008 and will be replaced by US-qualified securities lawyer Melissa Butler. Butler worked at the now-dissolved US firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood from 2001 to 2006 […]

Hogan Lovells City partner gains seat on 12-strong board

Hogan Lovells has added London infrastructure partner Adrian Walker to its global board in the first rejig since the appointment of chair Leo von Gerlach earlier this year. Walker has been named as the London representative of the board, replacing previous City member litigation partner Ruth Grant. He is the founder of the firm’s infrastructure, energy, resources […]

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Latham elections: A guide to the candidates

Latham & Watkins’ shortlist of candidates to replace former chair Bill Voge spans four offices and six practice areas and includes two female representatives. But have they got what it takes to lead the world’s biggest law firm? Of particular interest is Los Angeles managing partner Jeff Greenberg, who lost out to Voge in 2014. […]

David Lewis Weightmans

Weightmans elects new senior partner as Cutts retires

Weightmans has elected a new senior partner, appointing partner David Lewis to replace Dan Cutts, who is retiring from the firm at the end of this month. Cutts was first appointed senior partner in 2013, having joined the firm’s board in 2002. Working alongside Weightmans’ managing partner John Schorah, Cutts has overseen two acquisitions and the […]

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