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John Joyce

Addleshaws leadership scramble begins as Joyce quits early

Addleshaw Goddard’s longstanding managing partner is to stand down from his leadership role one year early. John Joyce, the firm’s former head of business support and restructuring, has led the firm since 2014. He was re-elected for a second term in 2017 and then a third term was obtained during the Covid-19 pandemic. Joyce was always […]

Miguel Zaldivar

Hogan Lovells’ CEO aims for $3bn turnover – with (or without) a merger

Partners at Hogan Lovells have re-elected Miguel Zaldivar to a second term, as the firm resets following well-publicised merger discussions with Shearman & Sterling. Zaldivar will start his new term next July for four years. He would be able to run for a third term, according to the firm’s partnership agreement, but at present he […]

Hogan Lovells partners vote in CEO election

Hogan Lovells, which earlier this year walked away from merger talks with Shearman & Sterling, is expected to reappoint its current CEO as the election process gets underway. The Lawyer has learnt that the firm’s partnership is voting now, with just one option before them: current CEO Miguel Zaldivar. Based in Washington DC, Zaldivar has […]

Gareth Price

A&O faces leadership vacuum as managing partner quits

Allen & Overy’s senior partner Wim Dejonghe will be taking the lead on merger negotiations solo, after the surprise resignation of managing partner Gareth Price. Energy specialist Price left the firm this week after three years in the top job; his term was meant to last until next year. With Dejonghe also set to come […]

Rebecca Carter, Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood appoints inaugural London chief

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partner Rebecca Carter as the firm’s first managing partner of the London office. Carter, a public law and procurement specialist, joined the firm in 2011 after serving five years as a partner at Eversheds Sutherland. She was appointed to the firm’s global leadership team in 2020 as head of the firm’s […]

Heather McDevitt, White & Case

White & Case crowns new leader

White & Case has elected a new chair to succeed longstanding chief Hugh Verrier, who has been at the helm of the firm for 16 years. Verrier has been in the role since 2007, taking on four consecutive four-year terms. He passes the baton on to Heather McDevitt, a New York litigator and member of […]

Helen Burton, Ashurst

Ashurst finance partner takes on top London job

Ashurst has appointed a new managing partner of its London office, reverting to a single appointee after announcing two co-leads for the role in 2021. Helen Burton has been named as Ashurst’s new London head, replacing projects partner Logan Mair and disputes partner Lynn Dunne, who stepped back from her position having been appointed to […]


Travers faces senior partner election as Russ steps down

Travers Smith senior partner Kathleen Russ is to step down at the end of the firm’s financial year in June. Russ, who has been on leave of absence since January, is returning next week as part-time senior partner but will not return to the partnership board. Until 30 June Russ will share the top role […]

James Fulforth, Kingsley Napley

Corporate partner takes the reins at Kingsley Napley

The head of Kingsley Napley’s corporate and commercial practice, James Fulforth, has been named senior partner of the firm ahead of current leader Stephen Parkinson’s retirement. Kingsley Napley has historically been known for its criminal, dispute resolution and family practice areas. This is the first time the firm has appointed a senior partner from the […]